NEW YORK - The No. 14 Columbia women's squash team (0-3) will travel to New Haven, Conn. for a quartet of neutral-court matches this weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. dual against No. 15 Franklin & Marshall on Friday, Jan. 18. Matches against No. 7 Stanford (11:30 a.m.) and No. 12 George Washington (4:30 p.m.) will follow on Saturday before concluding the weekend against No. 20 Bowdoin at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Lions are still in search of their first victory of the season following a pair of losses last weekend to Ivy League foes No. 9 Brown and No. 3 Yale. A pair of Columbia first-years, Catherine Jenkins and Reyna Pacheco, notched their first collegiate victories against Brown. Jenkins produced a three-set sweep in the No. 1 match, while Pacheco rebounded after dropping the opening set to secure the four-set win.
Sophomore Kate Calihan also recorded her first win of the 2012-13 season, topping Isabel Pitaro in a tough five-set match.
The Diplomats will open competition this weekend against the Lions with a .500 (4-4) record after being swept Wednesday night at home by No. 5 Penn. All four of Franklin & Marshall's losses this season have come at the hands of Ivy League opponents. The Diplomats most recent wins have come over No. 26 St. Lawrence and Bowdoin back on Dec. 1.
Emily Caldwell and Halley Cruice have held down the top two spots in the Diplomats' lineup this season. Caldwell has a combined record of 3-5, while Cruice stands at 3-4.
The Cardinal will be in action for the first time since a Nov. 18 loss at No. 6 Cornell, 5-4. Stanford opened the 2012-13 season with back-to-back victories over No. 16 Hamilton, 9-0, and No. 10 Williams, 8-1, on Nov. 17. Stanford is set to face No. 13 Bates and host-school Yale Friday before Saturday's match against Columbia.
Sophomore Alexandra Huchro is the lone Cardinal to open the year 3-0. Huchro played the No. 4 against Hamilton and competed in the No. 7 match against Williams and Cornell.
Stanford has used a different lineup in each of its first three matches. Pamela Chua has seen played has the No. 1 twice, defeating Alli Rubin from Williams and falling to Danielle Letourneau from Cornell. Serena Fagan played in the top spot against Hamilton, topping Amanda Thorman in straight sets.
The Colonials sport a 6-2 record heading into this weekend's matches. George Washington is coming off a 9-0 win over No. 25 Wellesley at the conclusion of a training trip to the Cayman Islands. The Colonials are slated to play Yale Friday and Williams Saturday morning before taking on the Lions at 4:30 p.m.
George Washington's top player, Anna Gabriela Porras, carries an equivalent 6-2 mark. Porras put up three straight 11-2 sets to down Rosemary O'Connor of Wellesley on Jan. 11. Jackie Shea, the Colonials No. 2 this season has a 5-3 overall record, as does No. 3 Kelly Barnes.
The Polar Bears will be looking to improve on their 1-6 record this weekend with matches against No. 17 Wesleyan, No. 23 Drexel, Stanford, Yale and Columbia. Bowdoin picked up its first win this season on Jan. 13, sweeping No. 36 Northeastern, but dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 19 Amherst Wednesday evening.
A total of seven Bowdoin student-athletes have a team-best one win on the season, including Torey Lee who has played as the primary No. 1 for the Polar Bears .