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PRINCETON, N.J. – On day two of the 2017 ECAC Men’s Indoor Tennis Championship, the Dartmouth men’s tennis team was defeated by Columbia, 4-0. The Big Green are now 3-5 on the season, while the Lions improved to 5-2 and will play in the championship match on Sunday.

“Columbia jumped ahead early in doubles and that paid off for them,” head coach Chris Drake said. “Good teams force you to execute at a high level for long stretches at a time. In the sets that we were able to do that in singles, we were right there with them. Hats off to them. They played well in some key moments.”

The Lions took the first point of the afternoon with wins at the No. 1 and 3 doubles positions. At No. 2, junior Max Fliegner and freshman David Horneffer were tied at 4-4 with Victor and Richard Pham before the match went unfinished.

Victories at the No. 1, 6 and 3 singles positions clinched the match for Columbia. All three matches that did not reach completion were very close. At the No. 2 spot, Fliegner had dropped his first set to V. Pham, 6-2, but was on the cusp of taking the second with a 6-5 lead. At the No. 4 position, freshman Charlie Broom narrowly won his first set, 7-6(6) against Alex Keyser and was leading, 2-1, in the second. Senior George Wall took the first set, 6-3, against William Matheson at No. 5 and was trailing slightly in the second.

Dartmouth will play Princeton in the third-place match at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

1) Hadavi/Tang (Columbia) def. Wall/Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 6-3
2) V. Pham/R. Pham (Columbia) vs. Horneffer/Fliegner (Dartmouth), 4-4, DNF
3) Rolski/Grant (Columbia) def. Riccardi/Broom (Dartmouth), 6-1

1) Hadavi (Columbia) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-0, 6-3
2) V. Pham (Columbia) vs. Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-2, 5-6, DNF
3) Tang (Columbia) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 7-5, 6-2
4) Keyser (Columbia) vs. Broom (Dartmouth), 6-7(6), 1-2, DNF
5) Matheson (Columbia) vs. Wall (Dartmouth), 3-6, 4-3, DNF
6) Wang (Columbia) def. Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-2