HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s tennis team picked up its first Ivy League win of the season on Sunday afternoon, topping No. 40 Columbia, 4-2, at the Topliff Tennis Courts.
The Big Green (9-6, 1-1) topped the Lions (11-7, 1-2) for just the second time in eight years. The Green and White avenged a 5-2 defeat a year ago in the Empire State, while the Lions dropped their second straight Ivy League match.
In doubles action, Dartmouth took two of the three matches to earn the point and take the edge heading into singles action.
All three matches were tightly contested as Cameron Ghorbani and Chris Kipouras won their match for the Big Green, 8-6, at No. 3. The doubles point came down to the match at No. 1 between the duos of Brandon DeBot / Xander Centenari and Ashok Narayana / Max Schnur.
Facing the top ranked doubles tandem in the Ivy League, DeBot and Centenari rose to the occasion winning their match, 9-8 (7-5), in the tiebreaker at 6-5 to clinch the point.
In singles action, Dartmouth took three of the six matches to seal the victory. Ghorbani extended the Big Green’s lead to 2-0, with a straight set win against Schnur before Winston Lin and Narayana evened the match at 2 with victories for Columbia.
DeBot earned the next point for Dartmouth with a come-from-behind three-set triumph at No. 5. After dropping the first set, 6-1, the Stevens Point, Wis., native took the next two sets, rallying in the second set from a 6-5 deficit and cruising to a 6-0 win in the third.
Kipouras notched the winning point for Dartmouth, outlasting Dragos Ignat in a three hour battle. Kipouras won the three-set thriller, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.
Freshman Brendan Tannenbaum was leading his match at No. 6, 5-2, in the first set when Dartmouth earned its first home win since Feb. 24.
The Big Green return to action over the weekend traveling to Penn and Princeton in Ivy League action, April 13-14.
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DARTMOUTH 4, No. 40 COLUMBIA 2
1) DeBot / Centenari (D) d #36 Narayana / Schnur 9-8 (7-5) * Clinched the point
2) Ignat / Vancura (Columbia) d Tannenbaum / De Chatellus 8-6
3) Ghorbani / Kipouras (D) d Lin / Rubin (Columbia) 8-6
1) Lin (Columbia) d. Centenari 6-4, 7-5
2) Kipouras (D) d Ignat (Columbia) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
3) Narayana (Columbia) d Nordahl 6-4, 6-3
4) Ghorbani (D) d Schnur (Columbia) 6-3, 6-1
5) DeBot (D) d Vancura ( Columbia) 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0
6) Tannenbaum (D) led Rubin (Columbia) 5-2 – abandoned