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Cornell Downs Columbia to Win Men's Tennis Title

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Stockton Photo

NEW YORK -- The No. 40 Big Red men's tennis team won its first-ever outright Ivy League championship with a commanding 6-1 victory over Columbia this afternoon at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. With the victory, Cornell improved to 26-4 (7-0 Ivy), while the Lions fell to 8-15 on the season (2-5 Ivy).
 
After Cornell swept all three doubles match to take an early 1-0 lead, Nathaniel Gery responded by defeating Mirza Klis (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 3 spot to knot the match at 1-1. From there on out, however, it was all Big Red. Andy Gauthier, Evan Bernstein and Venkat Iyer all picked up straight-set victories before Jonathan Jaklitsch topped off the night with a thrilling three-set win at the No. 1 spot.
 
The Big Red will learn its NCAA tournament fate when the brackets are announced on Tuesday, May 3. The first round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships is slated to begin on Friday, May 13.
 
No. 40 Cornell def. Columbia 6-1
Doubles
1. Bernstein/Jaklitsch (COR) def. Gery/Yetimoglu (COL) 8-5
2. Feldman/Gauthier (COR) def. Schneiderman/Matsumoto (COL) 8-6
3. Klis/McElwain (COR) def. Deb-Sen/Kung (COL) 9-8 (9-7)
 
Singles
1. Jonathan Jaklitsch (COR) def. Haig Schneiderman (COL) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
2. Andy Gauthier (COR) def. Kevin Kung (COL) 6-4, 6-3
3. Nathaniel Gery (COL) def. Mirza Klis (COR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jeremy Feldman (COR) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 6-2, 6-4
5. Evan Bernstein (COR) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 7-6, 6-2
6. Venkat Iyer (COR) def. John Yetimoglu (COL) 6-4, 7-5

Order of Finish
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 3, 2, 5, 4, 6, 1