NEW YORK- A small contingent of the men's tennis team made the journey to New York City this weekend to take part in the Columbia Invitational.
In the A singles draw, Ivan Turudic dispatched Andrew Scheiner of Amherst in the first round by scores of 6-4, 6-3 and then knocked off second-seeded Vasko Mladenov of St. John's in the second round, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8. Facing Milo Hauk, also of St. John's, in the semifinals, Turudic took the first set 6-4 but then fell 2-6 and 2-10 to end his tournament.
Also in the A Draw, Zach Katz was knocked off in three sets by Columbia's Nathaniel Gery but recovered with two straight-set wins over opponents from Fairfield and Fordham to reach the consolation finals. With his opponent unable to play in the final, Katz took the title by default but did play an exhibition against Joe Dube of Marist, the winner of the B consolation draw who also had a walk-over inhis final. Katz fell in the first set by a score of 7-5 but came back to win the second set 6-3 and won the match 11-9 in the tiebreak.
In B singles, Rob Wong cruised past Michael Lin of Princeton by identical scores of 6-1, 6-1 but fell in his quarterfinal match to eventual finalist Ashok Narayana of Columbia, 2-6 and 4-6.
Playing his first competitive matches of the season, Jason Lin was victorious over opponents from Fairleigh Dickinson, Princeton and Marist on his way to the finals. There he was knocked off 2-6, 0-6 by Columbia's Tizian Bucher.
The team quickly returns to action beginning on Thursday, traveling to Cornell to take part in the ITA Regionals.