| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

The Columbia men’s tennis team rebounded from the ITA Indoor Championships with two weekend victories, shutting out both New Mexico and Minnesota over the weekend.

First up was a showdown with New Mexico on Friday afternoon, and the Lions won the first four matches on court to quickly earn the victory. Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham, the 15th ranked doubles pair in the country, rolled past Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen 6-2 to help earn the doubles point, and Hadavi followed that up with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sabatka at first singles.

Seniors Eric Rubin and Mike Vermeer won their respective singles matches to clinch the victory for Columbia.

On Sunday, Columbia took on 45th ranked Minnesota and the result was the same. The Lions won the doubles point and all six singles contests to complete the weekend with two shut out victories, improving the Lions to 6-3 on the season.

Columbia will head south for its next two matches when it takes on Middle Tennessee State on Saturday and then Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Columbia Women Blank Penn State

The Columbia women won all seven matches to knock off Penn State 7-0 and improve to 5-3 on the season. Rima Asatrian and Alexandra Solovyev, the 43rd ranked pair in the country, led the way with a 6-2 victory at first doubles, while Kanika Vaidya posted a 6-0, 1-6, 7-5 win at first singles.

Columbia returns to action with home matches against Kansas State and Memphis this weekend. 

St. John’s Men’s Tennis Beats George Washington

St. John’s men’s tennis continued its winning ways over the weekend, beating defending Atlantic 10 champions George Washington 6-1 on Saturday.

After dropping the top doubles match, St. John’s responded with victories from second and third doubles to clinch the key doubles point.

At first singles, Lucas Hejhal came back from a set down to beat Julius Tverijonas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to get things going for the Red Storm in singles play. The clinching match came at sixth singles as Andrei Crapcenco knocked off George Washington’s Cahit Kapukiran 6-4, 7-6.

The win improves the Red Storm to 11-3 on the season ahead of a matchup with 36th ranked Harvard on Friday.


St. John’s Women’s Tennis Beats Hartford 7-0

The St. John’s women continued its dominant play at home, beating Hartford 7-0 on Sunday afternoon to remain unblemished at home.

The third doubles tandem of Anna Morozova and Jaide Collins kicked things off for St. John’s with a 6-0 victory, the rest of the team did its part. It would win both other doubles matches, and Morozova and Olaya Inclan picked up 6-0, 6-0 wins at second and fourth singles, respectively, to guide St. John’s to the win.

The Red Storm lost just seven total games in the entire match as it improved to 5-2 on the year. It will return to action on the road against Georgetown on Friday.