Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell kept its winning ways going in capturing the 2013 ECAC Men's Tennis Indoor Championship with a 4-0 victory over second-seeded and 42nd ranked Columbia.
Cornell swept the three doubles matches and took home the first three finished singles matches to claim a 4-0 win over No. 42 Columbia on Sunday afternoon at Reis Tennis Center in the finals of the ECAC Indoor Tennis Championships. The Big Red, ranked No. 73 overall, improved to 7-1 in dual matches and won the prestigious regional tournament for the second time in the last three years.
After toppling Ivy foes Brown and top-seeded Harvard on the first two days of competition, the Big Red blanked the second-seeded Lions. It also won the 2010-11 tourney with victories over Columbia, Harvard and Binghamton in Cambridge, Mass.
Cornell won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by identical 8-4 scores to take the doubles point, with the Big Red sweeping the matches with a tiebreak 8-7(2) victory at No. 2. With one point in its pocket, Cornell was able to win relatively easy decisions at No. 2-4 singles, with Sam Fleck taking a 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 2.
The Big Red sealed the three-day run with 6-2, 6-3 wins by Alex Sidney at No. 3 and a 6-3, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 by Quoc-Daniel Nguyen. When competition was completed, the Big Red was tied on two additional courts and trailed on the third.
In capturing the tournament title, the Big Red had to defeat the No. 1 (Harvard), No. 2 (Columbia) and No. 5 (Brown) seeds, as well as three nationally ranked squads, in three days. Brown entered the week No. 61, Harvard ws No. 47 and Columbia was No. 42 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. Cornell entered the weekend ranked 73rd nationally.
Cornell 4, Columbia 0
No. 1 Iyer/Sidney (Cornell) def. Narayana/Schnur (Columbia), 8-4
No. 2 Luu/Nguyen (Cornell) def. Lin/Bucher (Columbia), 8-7(2)
No. 3 Berman/Fleck (Cornell) def. Rubin/Ignat (Columbia), 8-4
No. 1 Venkat Iyer (Cornell) def. Winston Lin (Columbia), 6-4, 6-7(9) DNF
No. 2 Sam Fleck (Cornell) def. Ashok Narayana (Columbia), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Alex Sidney (Cornell) def. Dragos Ignat (Columbia), 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (Cornell) def. Eric Rubin (Columbia), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Jason Luu (Cornell) vs. Max Schnur (Columbia), 5-7, 4-5 DNF
No. 6 Kyle Berman (Cornell) def. Nathaniel Gery (Columbia), 3-6, 6-4 DNF