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

For the third consecutive year, the Columbia Men’s Tennis team captured the Ivy League Championship, beating Penn 5-1 to clinch the championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.

After beating Princeton 4-0 on Saturday afternoon, the Lions had clinched at least a share of the conference title. It followed that victory up on Sunday with the victory over Penn, clinching the outright title for the third straight year.

“In 34 years of coaching, I have never won three in a row,” said Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Men’s Tennis Bid Goswami. “We did it all year from the get-go. I felt like all season long, everybody was rooting for each other and every match we would fight.”

Columbia was led by its singles play on Sunday, winning four of the six flights with one of them going unfinished. In the top flight, Shawn Hadavi defeated Kyle Mautner 7-5, 3-6, 10-2 to lead the way.

It is the 13th conference title overall for Columbia, and the Lions finish the season at 17-5 overall and 7-0 in Ivy League play. The Lions’ will wait to see who they draw in the NCAA Tournament.