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Columbia Drops Heartbreaker To Princeton In Finals Of CSA Nationals

Cambridge, Mass. - For the second time in three seasons, the Colmubia men's squash team will cap the season in the nation's top 10, following a runner-up finish in the Hoehn Cup (B Division) of the CSA National Championships on Sunday, Feb. 16.

After defeating Drexel in the opening round and an upset win over second seed Western Ontario in the semi-finals, the Lions fell short in the finals to top-seeded Princeton, 5-4.

With another sweep in the tournament on Sunday, Ramit Tandon went 3-0 at the No. 1 position through the weekend. He was joined by teammates Joshua Sekhar at No. 6 and Alex Nalle at No. 9 with unblemished runs.
Mohammed AbdelMaksoud held off Princeton's David Hoffman at the No. 3, position winning 12-14,11-7,13-11,9-11,11-8.
The Lions finish the 2013-14 season with an 8-7 winning record, including the programs first ever win over Ivy League for Dartmouth. With their second winning season in the program's four young years, Columbia continues to make huge strides among the nation's best.
Match Date Seed #5 Matches
Won
Seed #1 Matches
Won
2/17/14  No. 11 Columbia 4  No. 9 Princeton 5
 
  Columbia Princeton Winner's Score Winner
1S Ramit Tandon Samuel Kang 11-5,11-3,11-3 Columbia
2S Rishi Tandon Dylan Ward 11-13,11-8,11-6,11-9 Princeton
3S Mohamed AbdelMaksoud David Hoffman 12-14,11-7,13-11,9-11,11-8 Columbia
4S Joshua Sehkar Tyler Tutrone 11-7,11-7,11-4 Columbia
5S Daniel Saleem Michael LeBlanc 11-8,11-9,11-6

Princeton

6S Jonathan Gil Sam EzRatty 11-9,6-11,5-11,11-5,11-8 Princeton
7S Alec Goldberg Ash Egan 11-3,11-3,12-10 Princeton
8S Tarun Nambiar Ben Leizman 111-8,7-11,12-10,11-8 Princeton
9S Alex Nalle  Michael East 11-2,20-18,11-6 Columbia
10S Andrew Tan Jscob Lee 1-7,9-11,11-4,12-10 Columbia
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