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Columbia Clinches Ivy Men’s Tennis Title

Monday, April 20, 2009

Courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Columbia University men's tennis team clinched its second Ivy League championship in three seasons in resounding fashion on Sunday, sweeping all nine matches it competed in en route to a 7-0 victory over Princeton. The victory gives the 56th-ranked Lions the outright Ivy League title with a 6-1 conference record (16-5 overall).

The title also marks the seventh in the splendid career of Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis Bid Goswami.

Columbia got off to a great start by sweeping the doubles point with three wins. Senior Bogdan Borta and junior Mihai Nichifor won at the top spot, 8-4, while junior co-captain Jon Wong and first-year Haig Schneiderman did the same at No. 2, 8-6. Senior co-captain Dan Urban and first-year Rajeev Deb-Sen closed out the doubles competition with an 8-3 win at the third position.

In singles, the Lions continued their dominance of the Tigers, dropping only one set in \six matches. Without reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Peter Capkovic, who was forced to retire in doubles play against Cornell on Saturday, the Tigers struggled to match up with Columbia. Wong swept through Alex Vuckovic at No. 1, 7-6, 6-3, and Borta had little trouble with George Carpeni at the second spot, 6-2, 7-5.

The Lions earned a point after Princeton's Ryan Kim retired down 6-0, 2-1 at the No. 3 spot against Nichifor. Deb-Sen and fellow first-year Ekin Sezgen also picked up straight-set wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. The only match to go a full three sets was at No. 4, where Schneiderman battled back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to take the second at love, 6-0, then finished off the sixth singles point with a 6-2 win in the third.

Columbia will continue its season at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships, courtesy of the Ivy League's automatic berth. First and second-round play begins on May 8.

Columbia 7, Princeton 0
1. Borta/Nichifor (C) def. Carpeni/Ilya Trubov (P), 8-4
2. Wong/Schneiderman (C) def. Vuckovic/Faust (P), 8-6
3. Urban/Deb-Sen (C) def. Yohei Shoji/Crutchfield (P), 8-3
1. Jon Wong (C) def. Alex Vuckovic (P), 7-6, 6-3
2. Bogdan Borta (C) def. George Carpeni (P), 6-2, 7-5
3. Mihai Nichifor (C) def. Ryan Kim (P), 6-0, 2-1 ret.
4. Haig Schneiderman (C) def. Alex Faust (P), 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. Ekin Sezgen (C) def. Charlie Brosens (P), 6-2, 7-5
6. Rajeev Deb-Sen (C) def. Coleman Crutchfield (P), 6-2, 6-2