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his groove, and fell to Matija Pecotic, 6 3, 6 3. But just a short time later, first year Gery would take his match in the No. 6 spot, 6 4 6 4 over Coleman Crutchfield . That would be the last point Columbia would score for some time, as all three of the remaining matches would go to a third set.
began for the team and the multitude of fans who had come out to watch the match. With the crowd fully behind him, Bucher managed to pull out a tough third set, and win 7 5, giving Columbia the final score of 6 1.
While they waited, the team focused on , who had staged an outstanding rally in the No. 5 singles spot. There, Kung dropped the first set to Alex Faust, 2 6. But in the second set, Kung took it 6 3, forcing a third. And with the momentum of the team win in his corner, Kung was able to pull through in the third, and take it, 6 3, giving the Lions a 5 1 lead.
proved to be a battle to the end for both teams. In the No. 2 singles spot, Nichifor dominated his first set against Charlie Brosens, as he won 6 0 before most of the other matches had entered their fourth game. The second set was more of a battle however. Brosens broke Nichifor and went up 5 4, before the senior was able to rally back. The set went to a 7 6 tiebreaker, and Nichifor used his strong serve to triumph, taking the match 6 0, 7 6. With the win, Nichfor went 7 0 in Ivy League matches at the No. 2 spot, and gave Columbia a 2 0 lead in the team match.
managed a quick 8 3 win over Princeton's Michael Lin and Matt Spindler. Senior co captains and broke serve early in their match at No. 1, and took a 2 1 lead. From there, the pair managed to hold serve, 5 4, and broke the serve again to go up 6 4. Once they were up 7 5, the seniors broke serve once again and took the win, 8 5. Despite having strong serves and the indoor home court advantage, and couldn't make it a sweep, and fell in the No. 2 spot, 8 3. But the other two wins were enough, and Columbia took the doubles point to go up 1 0.
Schneiderman's match at No. 3 proved to be the difference for the day. With a group of teammates watching, Schneiderman won the first set, 6 2, before dropping the second, 3 6. But in the third, Schneiderman was able to break Matt Spindler, and take the set, 6 4, at which point he was rushed by his teammates for a celebration. With his win, the Lions had a 4 1 lead, and were assured the team victory, and at least a share of the Ivy League championship title. The Lions, who could have potentially shared the title with Yale, were waiting to hear word from Cambridge, Mass., where the Bulldogs were taking on a strong Harvard squad. A Yale loss would give Columbia the title outright, and the League's bid to the NCAA tournament.
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The Ivy League championship title is head coach 's eighth of his career, the second for the Lions in two years, the third in the past four years and the fifth in the last decade. Senior also earned distinction with the win, as he notched the third Ivy League Championship of his career, a feat that is unprecedented in Columbia men's tennis.
NEW YORK The Columbia men's tennis team claimed its second straight Ivy League Championship title Sunday, with a 6 1 win over Princeton. The Lions, who earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships with the win, finish the regular season with a 16 4 overall record, and 6 1 in the Ivy League.
While Bucher was battling, word came to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center that Harvard clinched the win against Yale, meaning the Lions were outright champions, and earned the NCAA bid. Another cry arose, and second round of celebrations Nike Janoski Max Green
Meanwhile, in the No. 4 spot, was waging the most impressive rally of the day. The first year had fallen early in the first set, 5 2, but facing set point, managed to rally and break serve twice, to force the tiebreaker. Though he lost in the tiebreak, dropping the first set 6 7, Bucher managed to hold on and win the second set, 6 4.
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