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Columba's Lin, Harvard's Nguyen Advance, Princeton's Wolff Bows Out at NCAA Tennis Championships

Columbia's Winston Lin

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Portions courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Princeton Athletic Communications

ATHENS, Ga. -- Ivy League tennis opened the individual singles and doubles completion at the 2014 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships with Columbia junior Winston Lin and Harvard junior Denis Nguyen winning first-round singles matches, while Princeton freshman Alanna Wolff dropped her opening match at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Lin, the 17th-ranked player in the nation and No. 9-16 seed for the championship, took an early lead in the match against TCU's Nick Cappell, capturing the first set, 6-2. He then closed out the match with a comfortable second set score of 6-1. Lin is back in action on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in a rematch against Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin. Two weeks ago in the second round of the team championship, he won the first meeting between the two in epic fashion. Lin came back after dropping the first set, 2-6, to win the final two, 6-3, 6-4, and clinch the 4-3 victory to send the Lions to their first-ever Round of 16 appearance.

Nguyen dispatched Texas' Lloyd Glasspool in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the second round to meet Duke's Fred Saba on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

In the women's singles draw, Wolff had a tough draw facing second-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA to open the 64-player bracket. Anderson defended her seed, which matched her national ranking, with a 6-2, 6-1 win against the No. 94-ranked Wolff. She was making Princeton's first appearance in the NCAA Singles Tournament since 2002, but Diana Gardner in 1990 remains the last Tiger to win a match in the event.

The League's three doubles teams get underway in first-round action on Thursday with Columbia juniors Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur taking Pepperdine's Francis Alcantra and Alex Sarkissian at 1:30 p.m. Fellow Lions Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung, who replace Bianca Sanon and sophomore Kanika Vaidya due to injury, meet third-seeded Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb of North Carolina at 4:30 p.m. Harvard's duo of Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster ago up against UCLA's Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald at 6 p.m.