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Tennis Experiences Surging Spring

Columbia's Winston Lin and Crystal Leung
Columbia's Winston Lin and Crystal Leung

Portions courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The story of Ivy League tennis this season centers around the impressive play of Columbia.

On the men's side, the Lions (16-1, 3-0 Ivy League) are putting together a milestone season. In his 32nd season in Morningside Heights, head coach Bid Goswami has led Columbia to a No. 17 ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, matching the program's highest mark since 1987. Columbia's lone loss this season was a 4-2 defeat to the current No. 9 team in the nation, Georgia, at the ITA Kick-Off Classic on the Bulldogs' home courts. Since then, the Lions have reeled off 14 straight wins, including their first three conference matches all by shutout.

Sitting behind Columbia in the standings are Princeton (12-8, 2-1 Ivy) and Penn (6-10, 2-1 Ivy).

For the Lions, junior Winston Lin leads the charge in singles, picking up the No. 12 ranking nationally with a 28-2 record. Lin's classmates, Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur continue to rise up the doubles rankings, reaching the No. 7 slot in the latest ITA rankings with a 17-7 overall record.

On the women's side, it is the Lions (14-2, 3-0 Ivy) leading the way on the strength of a 10-match winning streak. Columbia's last loss came at in a tough 4-2 defeat at Georgia State on Feb. 22. On a six-match winning streak of its own, Princeton (14-5, 3-0 Ivy) is in position to give the Lions a run at the Ivy title. The two squads collide in the regular-season finale on April 30.

Freshman Tina Jiang is pacing Columbia with a perfect 13-0 dual match record at the second and third singles positions and a 21-2 overall singles record. Jiang and junior Crystal Leung have paired up to post a 28-4 doubles record so far, including a 12-0 mark at the No. 2 spot this spring. Junior Lindsay Graff guides Princeton's lineup with a 14-4 record at the No. 1 singles spot and an 8-8 record at the No. 1 doubles spot playing with five different partners.

The Ivy League continued its strong presence on both the men's and women's sides in the April 8 ITA Rankings:

17. Columbia
31. Harvard
40. Dartmouth
52. Cornell
59. Princeton

12. Winston Lin, Columbia
39. Denis Nguyen, Harvard

7. Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, Columbia
15. Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, Harvard
26. Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannebaum, Dartmouth
49. Quoc-Daniel Nguyen and Jason Luu, Cornell
50. Augie Bloom and Jonathan Carcione, Princeton
78. Brian Yeung and Nicky Hu, Harvard

33. Columbia
46. Harvard
59. Yale
69. Princeton

80. Kanika Vaidya, Columbia
107. Alanna Wolff, Princeton

22. Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya, Columbia
34. Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang, Columbia
60. Alex D'Ascenzo and Dena Tanenbaum, Cornell
65. Ree Ree Li and Madeleine Hamilton, Yale
68. Spencer Liang and Monica Lin, Harvard