NEW YORK, N.Y. – After trailing, 3-0, the No. 32 Dartmouth men’s tennis team won four straight singles matches to upset No. 15 Columbia, 4-3, at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Sunday.
The Big Green improved to 18-5 overall and 4-1 in Ivy League play, while the Lions dipped to 14-4 and 3-1. Columbia was the only team that was undefeated heading into this weekend, but is now tied with Dartmouth and Penn for first place with just two matches to go.
This is the first time Dartmouth has defeated Columbia since a 4-2 win on April 7, 2013 and the latter's first Ivy loss at home since April 23, 2011.
"We talk often as a team about being resilient, about controlling the things we can control, about responding quickly and in the right way, and about focusing on the things that help us perform well," head coach Chris Drake said. "Columbia is such a good team and they have so much experience winning against top 20 teams over the last few years. They have players all the way down the lineup that force you to play at such a high level both physically and mentally to even have a shot at beating them.
"The support our players got from their fellow teammates, as well as from the twenty plus alumni, family members and friends that made the trip to New York to watch was incredible," Drake continued. "We are so fortunate to have the support we do at home and on the road. It makes the difference."
The Lions took the first point of the afternoon with a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles and a 6-4 victory at the No. 3 position. At the top spot, sophomores Charlie Broom and David Horneffer were narrowly trailing, 5-4, when the match went unfinished.
Wins at the No. 6 and 5 singles positions made it 3-0 in favor of the Lions, just one point away from victory. Horneffer’s 7-6, 6-3 defeat of No. 51 Jackie Tang at the No. 2 position got Dartmouth on the board and, following three-set victories by Broom over another ranked player at the top spot and senior Max Fliegner at the No. 4 position, the score was tied at three apiece.
Freshman Dan Martin and Jack Lin continued play at the No. 3 position. Lin took the first set, but Martin came back to win the remaining two, 6-4, 6-0 to allow Dartmouth to clinch.
Next weekend, Dartmouth will close the regular season at home against Penn and Princeton. Seniors Fliegner, Paul Midgley and Ciro Riccardi will be recognized after playing their final matches at the Boss Tennis Center.
1) Lin/Matheson (Columbia) vs. No. 58 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 5-4, DNF
2) Ambrozy/Rolski (Columbia) def. Glasnovic/Ross (Dartmouth), 6-3|
3) Huang/Tang (Columbia) def. Fliegner/Conklin (Dartmouth), 6-4
Order of finish: 2,3
1) Broom (Dartmouth) def. No. 18 Pham (Columbia), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
2) Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. No. 51 Tang (Columbia), 7-6, 6-3
3) Martin (Dartmouth) def. Lin (Columbia), 6-7, 6-4, 6-0
4) Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Ambrozy (Columbia), 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
5) Matheson (Columbia) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-2
6) Huang (Columbia) def. Conklin (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,5,2,1,4,3