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No. 8 Men’s tennis wins Ivy League title

PROVIDENCE, RI – The No. 8 Columbia men’s tennis team defeated Brown 7-0 on Sunday afternoon to win its first Ivy League championship since 2019.

Today’s win helped Columbia finish the regular season with a 20-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in Ivy League play. The Lions share this year’s Conference crown with Harvard, which also finished 6-1 in Ivy action. This is Columbia’s 17e conference championship in program history and is the first under coach Howard Endelman.

“I’m just so proud of our players,” Bidyut K. Goswami, head men’s tennis coach Howard Endelman said. They work extremely hard – both in the classroom and on the tennis court, and they represent our great university with class and competitiveness. Our boys have been ranked in the top 10 in the country all season, which is a tremendous and unprecedented achievement for our program. We all feel privileged to play in front of the supporters of Columbia Tennis, a special group of people that spans many generations.”

Columbia came through the doubles match and started the match with a 1-0 lead. The 13e-ranked duo of Theo Wijngar And Michael Zheng earned a 6-4 win over Noah Hernandez and Chun Lam in top doubles. Alex Kotzen And Henry Ruger defeated Sam Feldman and James Lian 6-1 in No. 3 doubles to help the Lions take the doubles point.

The Lions continued to dominate in singles, winning all six matches in straight sets. No. 21 Zheng, no. 91 Alex Kotzen, Nicolaas Kotzen, Max Westphal, Hugo Hashimoto And Henry Ruger scored singles wins to round out the 7-0 victory.

Hashimoto continued to impress as his victory helped end the regular season with a perfect 15–0 record at No. 5 singles. Zheng is now 13-5 at top singles this season Alex Kotzen is 11-4 and plays in the number 2 position. Nicolaas Kotzen also capped an impressive regular season with a 13-3 mark at No. 3 singles.

Columbia earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but will tune into the selection show on Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m. to see who the Lions will face in the first round. The Lions are expected to rise to seventh in the new College Tennis Ranks rankings.

RESULTS
#8 Columbia 7, Brown 0

Double

1. #13 Theo Wijngar/Michael Zheng (COL) final Noah Hernandez/Chun Lam (BU) 6-4
2. #66 Nicolaas Kotzen/Max Westphal (COL) vs. Alex Finkelstein/Alexander Bravo (BU) 5-5 (unfinished)
3. Alex Kotzen/Henry Ruger (COL) final Sam Feldman/James Lian (BU) 6-1

Singles

1. #21 Michael Zheng (COL) final Noah Hernández (BU) 7-5, 6-4
2. #91 Alex Kotzen (COL) final Alex Finkelstein (BU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Nicolaas Kotzen (COL) final Chun Lam (BU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Max Westphal (COL) final Alexander Bravo (BU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Hugo Hashimoto (COL) final James Lian (BU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Henry Ruger (COL) final Alexander Koong (BU) 7-6(4), 6-1

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