NEW YORK— Columbia Women’s Squash opened up the season with a convincing 9-0 win over NYU last Friday.

The No. 7 ranked Lions will head away from SL Green StreetSquash for the first time this season when they head to Philadelphia to host No. 9 Drexel at 1 p.m. They will return home on Sunday to face No. 18 Franklin and Marshall at 12 p.m.

FULL PROJECTED LINE UP

  1. Tanvi Khanna
  2. Maddie O'Connor
  3. Nicole Kendall
  4. Jui Kalgutkar
  5. Doria Chen
  6. Jane Pincus
  7. Addie Fulton
  8. Habiba Mohamed
  9. Julia Masch
  10. Diana Masch
  11. Pallavi Sreedhar
  12. Adele Bernhard
  13. Tara Dugel
  14. Amaya Kothari
  15. Caroline Soper

Injured: Olivia Horwitz and Maryam Aly

LOOK AT THE FIRST-YEARS

Columbia has five first-years in the starting nine this season. Canadian Nicole Kendall comes to Morningside Heights as an 8-time Ontario Open and Closed Champion, and will compete in the No. 3 spot. Doria Chen from Massachussetts and Jane Pincus check in at No. 5 and 6. First-year Habiba Mohamed hails from Egypt and comes in as decorated as they come. She is a 7-time Egyptian National champion and 5-time British Junior Open champion. There are very high hopes for her at Columbia.

THEY’RE BACK!

Tanvi Khanna returns to the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive season, with back-to-back All-Ivy seasons on her resume. Maddie O’Connor is back in the No. 2 slot for the second consecutive year. She finished as the runner up in the Holleran East (B Division) Championship. Both Khanna and O’Connor, along with senior Addie Fulton are captains of the Lions team and they will look to set the tone and lead by example.

LOOK BACK AT 2016-17

Columbia was ranked as high as No. 7 in the national polls last season for the first time in program history, and finished at No. 8 in the polls. The Lions finished sixth in the Ivy at 2-5 in League play.

FOLLOW ALONG

Follow the Columbia Women’s Squash team all season long on Twitter: @Columbia_Squash.