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Men's Tennis Captures Singles, Doubles Titles at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional

Princeton's Matija Pecotic (right) with head coach Billy Pate
Princeton's Matija Pecotic (right) with head coach Billy Pate


Courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Princeton Athletic Communications

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- It was an Ivy League sweep at the 2012 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships with Princeton senior Matija Pecotic winning the singles title and Columbia's sophomore duo of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur capturing the doubles draw.

Pecotic faced off against Columbia sophomore Winston Lin in the third matchup between the two this fall. The Tiger bested the Lion for the third time in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 victory.

"Matija had a great tournament, and by winning the regional he achieved a personal goal that has great significance to him," Princeton coach Billy Pate said. "Winston played a good match today. He is a tough competitor and it's very challenging to beat such a good player three times in the fall. We're looking forward to the final two weekends of fall competition."

Pecotic is now 18-1 in singles play during the fall, his only loss coming in the semifinals of the ITA All-America tournament after becoming the first Princeton player since 1982 to make it that far in that event.

Going up against Yale's Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, Schnur and Narayana played a particularly strong match in an 8-4 win to secure the doubles title.

"Max and Ashok are absolutely the best doubles pair in the northeast right now," said Bid Goswami, The Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men's Tennis after the match. "After a great showing at the All-American where they beat the No. 6 team in the country, their confidence is very high. They won the tournament, playing five matches against tough opponents, without ever dropping their serves."

With the victory, Pecotic, Schnur and Narayana earned spots in the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 8-11. The event, hosted by Columbia, features the top-32 collegiate players from all levels, as well as the top-20 doubles teams.