The men’s tennis team sent a clear message at Princeton last weekend that they are gunning for first in the Ivy League. This weekend’s Ivy Plus Invitational will be the perfect place to solidify that message.
But, as the Lions prepare to make the short trip to New Haven and face their fellow Ivy Leaguers, they know that this tournament will be more than just an opportunity to show the rest of the Ancient Eight that they are the team to beat.
“I think it’ll be good to see where the other Ivies are,” junior Winston Lin said.
Last weekend, Lin and freshman Miguel Alda were among many Light Blue players who saw success when they won the top doubles flight. Along with Lin and Alda, sophomore Dragos Ignat, junior Bert Vancura, and freshman Richard Pham all won their respective flights, but they only played half of the Ivy League.
Lin and the rest of the Light Blue are thrilled to see how the rest of the league has developed during the offseason.
“Sometimes a guy can train all summer and go from playing the three spot to playing one, and some other guys might have been playing one but they don’t do anything over the summer, and they drop,” Lin said. “That’s another thing we are looking forward to, getting to see what other teams’ guys have been up to over the summer.”
Although the ultimate objective of the Columbia men is to lay claim to the league title this spring, they see the Ivy Plus Invitational as a major stepping stone.
“It’s a good time in the season to get the individual rankings up, and it will be important to get in shape for spring,” Lin said. “Our main goal is to be ready to compete for the Ivy season. Right now, we are just trying to keep improving.”
The Lions begin competition Friday in New Haven and will continue play through Sunday.