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Columbia Men's Tennis Faces Miami (Fla.) in NCAA 1st Rd.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

NEW YORK -- The Columbia University men's tennis team (16-5) will travel to Gainesville, Fla., first round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. The Lions, seeded third in the four-team pod, will face the University of Miami (Fla.) (14-8) on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m., on the campus of the University of Florida.

The host Gators (17-8) will take on Marist (12-3) in the other opening-round match, with the winners to square off on Saturday, May 9. Times have yet to be determined.

The Hurricanes enter the NCAA Tournament with a 14-8 record and ranked #22 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Columbia and Miami have one common opponent on the year, the University of Penn. The Lions beat the Quakers, 5-2, while the Hurricanes dispatched of their opponent, 7-0.

The Lions advanced to the NCAA Championships by going 6-1 in Ivy League play to earn their second Ivy League championship in three years. Columbia clinched first place in the Ancient Eight with a 7-0 shutout of Princeton on April 19. The team is led by senior Bogdan Borta and juniors Jon Wong and Mihai Nichifor.

Borta has been a stalwart for two seasons in the Lions lineup, going undefeated at 7-0 in conference last year as a junior. Nichifor went 16-2 in dual singles matches this spring, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Ivy League play at both No. 2 and No. 3 singles. An All-Ivy selection in each of his first two years, Wong went 12-7 in singles this year, primarily at No. 1.