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No. 53 Women's Tennis Places Sixth at ECAC Indoor Championship

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Freshman Akiko Okuda     By Mark Washburn
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NEW HAVEN, CONN. — The 53rd-ranked Dartmouth women's tennis team lost to Columbia, 4-2, in the fifth-place match at the ECAC Indoor Championships at New Haven on Sunday. The loss dropped the Big Green to 3-5, while the Lions improved to 5-1.

Dartmouth took the doubles point after winning two of the three matches. Freshmen Akiko Okuda (Tenafly, N.J.) and Theresa Smith (University Park, Fla.) won at the top spot, 8-3, and junior Jeri Reichel (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and sophomore Sabrina Stewart (London, England) earned a victory at the third spot, 8-3.

In singles, Dartmouth played without freshman Janet Liu, who was sidelined by the same illness that kept junior co-captain Sarah Leonard off the court for the Big Green's previous two matches. Okuda won at the second spot, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7), and Dartmouth lost two matches in third set superbreakers. Sophomore Rachel Decker-Sadowski (Santa Barbara, Calif.) fell at the fourth spot, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-0), and Reichel lost at sixth singles, 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). Junior Christina Danosi and sophomore Melissa Matsuoka, who both played in the singles line-up on last year's Ivy League Championship team, remain sidelined by injuries.

The Big Green next hosts Akron on Friday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m.

No. 7 Columbia University def. No. 5 Dartmouth College: 4-2

No. 1 Bartnik (COL) def. Leonard (DAR): 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Okuda (DAR) def. Sanon (COL): 6-4, 1-6, TB (10-7)
No. 3 Stewart (DAR) vs. Alecsiu (COL): 4-6, 3-4 (DNF)
No. 4 Leung (COL) def. Decker-Sadowski (DAR): 1-6, 6-4, TB (10-0)
No. 5 Kovacevic (COL) def. Carpeni (DAR): 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 Takenaga (COL) def. Reichel (DAR): 0-6, 6-3, TB (10-7)
No. 1 Okuda/Smith (DAR) def. Sanon/Takenaga (COL): 8-3
No. 2 Bartnik/Alecsiu (COL) vs. Carpeni/Decker-Sadowski (DAR): 7-4 (DNF)
No. 3 Reichel/Stewart (DAR) def. Kovacevic/Li (COL): 8-3