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

The Columbia women’s tennis team won its fourth straight match and seventh of eighth overall on Friday, downing 43rd ranked Georgia State 5-2 to improve to 8-3 this season.

The Lions won the second and third doubles matches to secure the doubles point, and the singles play did its part to secure the victory. At first singles, Kanika Vaidya defeated Linn Timmerman 6-3, 6-1 to win her ninth straight first singles match, and Rima Astrian defeated Kristin Rehse 6-2, 6-2 at second singles to give Columbia a commanding advantage.

The victory was clinched at third singles when Alexandra Solovyev came back from a set down to beat Niri Rasolomalala 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The Lions will return to action next week when it heads down to Florida for four matches, beginning with Miami on March 14.


St. John’s Men Beat Army, St. Francis
The St. John’s men’s tennis team traveled up to West Point over the weekend for matchups with Army and St. Francis Brooklyn, and the Red Storm came away with two wins, defeating Army 4-1 before routing St. Francis 7-0.

Army took the early lead in the opening match, winning two of the three doubles contests to secure the doubles point. But the Red Storm’s singles play came up big, winning the first four singles matches that finished in straight sets to notch the victory.

Lucas Hejhal led the way for St. John’s with a 6-1, 6-3 over Grant Riechmann at first singles.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the Red Storm’s Dusan Vukicevic battled his older brother Milos at fourth singles. Dusan came away victorious 6-3, 6-1 over Milos, and St. John’s would go on to win the rest of the singles matches in straight sets to nail down the shutout victory.

The wins improve the Red Storm to 14-4 on the season. It will return to action on March 18 against Cornell.

The women’s tennis team at St. John’s split their two weekend matches, knocking off NJIT 7-0 before dropping a 5-2 contest to Cornell.

Up next for the Red Storm is Penn on March 19.

NYU Women Remain Undefeated
The NYU women’s tennis team moved to 3-0 on the season, beating William Smith 7-2 and then Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 6-3 over the weekend.

Carmen Lai picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win at first singles and Flyora Shiyanova won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles to lead the Violets past William Smith on Friday night.

On Sunday afternoon, NYU got straight set wins from Lai and Vanessa Scott at first and third singles, respectibely, and Shiyanova came back from a set down to win at second singles to push the Violets past RPI.

NYU will look to build on its 3-0 record on March 13 when it hosts Brandeis for Senior/Family Day.

The NYU Men split its two weekend contests, falling to Skidmore 6-3 on Saturday before bouncing back with a 6-3 triumph over Vassar.

Up next for NYU is Hobart College on March 11.