Late heroics in singles play let host No. 16 Columbia squeeze past No. 18 Stanford, 4-3, in the second round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Monday at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The Lions (3-0) advance to the ITA Indoor Championships later in February. The Cardinal (3-1) returns to the Bay Area and hosts San Diego State at the Broadway Tennis Center in Burlingame on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Stanford (3-1) took an early lead by capturing the doubles point thanks to victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. David Wilczynski and Yale Goldberg set the pace with a 7-2 win, before Tom Fawcett and Sameer Kumar clinched the point in the No. 2 spot with a 7-4 triumph.
Columbia tied it with a win in the No. 4 spot. Tom Fawcett pulled the Cardinal ahead with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the No. 1 spot, followed with Sameer Kumar pushing the score to 3-1 in the No. 6 spot by besting Timothy Wang 6-4, 6-4.
The Lions came storming back in the No. 5 spot with a straight-set win by Menlo School grad Richard Pham while teammate Eric Rubin in the No. 3 spot tied it 3-3, topping Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
A marathon match in the No. 2 spot would prove the decider with David Wilczynski taking the first set 6-3 before he battled Menlo School grad Victor Pham to a tiebreak in the next two sets before falling 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).
No. 7 Stanford blanked Santa Clara, 7-0, Monday afternoon in its season opener at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal claimed a 1-0 lead after breezing through doubles, with its top two tandems surrendering only three games combined.
Taylor Davidson coasted a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Madison Clarke at the No. 1 spot, extending Stanford's lead to 2-0. It was the third time in Davidson's career she has not surrendered a game in either set, having also accomplished the feat twice as a freshman.
After Kimberly Yee's 6-1, 6-0 victory on court six made it 3-0, the Cardinal secured the match when Caroline Doyle provided her 10th career clincher with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at the No. 2 spot.
Krista Hardebeck added a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 3 position. Yee, along with fellow rookies Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord posted wins in their respective dual-match debuts.
Stanford travels to Nashville, later this week for a neutral-site match against No. 25 Mississippi and road contest at No. 1 Vanderbilt.