April 1, 2013

TENNIS | Cornell Defeated by Columbia Lions

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The men’s and women’s tennis teams were defeated by Columbia this Saturday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center and the Reis Tennis Center, respectively.

The men’s tennis team lost by a close margin of 4-3, with losses at No. 1, No.2, No. 3 and No. 6 in singles. No. 4 sophomore Quoc-Daniel Nguyen won his match against Columbia sophomore Max Schnur 6-7, 5-4 and sophomore Jason Luu defeated Columbia senior Nathaniel Gery 3-6, 6-1, 2-2 at No. 5. Both matches won by Cornell in singles were due to a retirement of the opponent. In doubles, the team fared much better with only one loss in No.1 doubles. Luu and Nguyen won their match at No. 2 9-8(8), the second win for both of them that day and sophomores Kyle Berman and Sam Fleck won their match at No. 3 doubles 8-4.

“Columbia was a tough loss for us,” Nguyen said. “We played our doubles point well and going into singles we thought we had momentum, but I guess we were not feeling tough mentally because we got done with our matches pretty fast. We need to work on our singles matches. We didn’t play very well, but this was just one match — the coach has a lot set up this week for our upcoming matches.”

The women’s team was not at the top of its game with a 7-0 loss. The squad’s winning streak was broken by Columbia, resulting in the team’s score for the season so far to tally 11-1.  The Red lost all of its matches in singles and doubles except for No. 2 doubles, which was tied at 6 when play was stopped.

“Everyone on the team fought extremely hard,” junior Ryann Young said. “Each of the singles matches were extremely close — the matches could have gone either way; while we are happy with the way we performed we are going to be perfecting the little mistakes we made during our matches, we just need to work hard. We have six more Ivy League matches to go — we’ll get them next time.”

Original Author: Deeya Bajaj