Trio of Matches on the Docket for No. 9 Menís Squash This Weekend
NEW YORK - The No. 9 Columbia men's squash team (1-1) will resume competition this weekend with three matches, including a pair of Ivy League contests. The Lions will meet No. 18 Brown Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon at The Squash Club - Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. before returning to the SL Green StreetSquash Center for a home doubleheader Sunday, Jan. 13 against No. 16 Navy and No. 6 Yale at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
Columbia has had over six weeks off since a home match against No. 4 Cornell on Dec. 2. The Big Red edged the Lions, 5-4, but Ramit Tandon and Theo Buchsbaum each improved to 2-0 on the season with victories.
The Lions will look to take advantage of their home court this weekend, as their next eight matches will be played on the road. Six out-of-conference matches are slated between Jan. 18 and Jan. 27, before away matches at Ancient Eight foes No. 3 Harvard and No. 8 Dartmouth.
The Bears enter Saturday's contest sporting a perfect 4-0 record, including three shutouts. Brown knocked off No. 24 Wesleyan and No. 33 MIT at the MIT Round Robin Tournament to begin the season and toppled No. 19 Colby and No. 26 Connecticut College on Dec. 1.
Blake Reinson remains undefeated at the top spot for the Bears this season. Reinson opened the year with a come-from-behind win over Wesleyan's Guy Davidson, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5. Freshman Oliver Booth has played as Brown's No. 2 through the opening portion of the season and is also 4-0.
In last season's meeting, Brown fell at home to Columbia, 6-3, on Jan. 14, 2012.
Navy makes the trek to New York City as one of the most experienced teams this season. The Mids have racked up a 20-3 overall record, going 5-2 on the road this season.
Navy opened the season with 16 straight wins, going undefeated at both the Navy Invitational and the Navy Veterans Weekend Round Robin. No. 14 Bates handed the Mids their first loss, 5-4, on Nov. 18. In the New Year, Navy upset No. 11 Western Ontario, 5-4, on Jan. 9. The Mids will visit Fordham Saturday before taking on the Lions Sunday.
Columbia and Navy met twice last season with the teams splitting their meetings. Navy came away victorious in the regular season, downing the Lions 7-2 on Jan. 10, 2012. At the CSA National Team Championships, Columbia exacted revenge, defeating the Mids, 5-4, on Feb. 17, 2012.
The Bulldogs currently hold a 3-0 record heading into this weekend's action. Yale will make the Empire State swing Saturday and Sunday, facing Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday and then visiting the City of New York to take on Columbia.
In its lone match of the 2012 calendar year, Yale downed No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, 9-0. On Jan. 5, the Bulldogs continued their season with a shutout of No. 19 Colby and a close win over No. 12 Williams, 5-4.
Kenneth Chan has held the top slot in the Yale lineup in all three matches, securing victories in each.
In the only meeting between Yale and Columbia since the Lions achieved varsity status, the Bulldogs, ranked second in the nation at the time, defeated Columba, 9-0, last season.