ITHACA, N.Y - The No. 11 Columbia men's squash team hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday, Dec. 7 for its Ivy League match against No. 8 Cornell. For the second straight season, these two teams competed in a close contest to begin conference play. The Big Red edged the Lions 5-4 to hand Columbia its first loss this season.
Ramit Tandon put together an impressive performance in a win at the No. 1 position, taking the game in straight sets, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9. Joshua Sekhar also had a solid day at the No. 4 position adding another sweep for the Lions, 11-7, 11-5, 12-10.
In the No. 3 position, Columbia saw an amazing comeback victory by Mohamed AbdelMaksoud. After dropping the first two sets, AbdelMaksoud rallied to win three straight sets to defeat Cornell’s Bryan Kearing, 9-11, 18-20, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10.
Alec Goldberg showed his strength at the No. 9 position for Columbia. The senior fended off Cornell’s Geoffer Keating to take the game in fours sets on Saturday, 14-12, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6.
The 1-1 Lions will return to action after a December break on Saturday, Jan. 11 when they travel to Yale for a 12 p.m. contest.
|12/7/13||No. 8 Cornell||5||No. 11 Columbia||4|
|3S||Mohamed AbdelMaksoud||9-11,18-20,11-7, 11-9,12-10||Columbia|
||Daniel Saleem||11-6, 11-7,11-9||Cornell|
|7S||Andrew Tan||11-2, 11-13,11-3, 9-11, 11-8||Cornell|
|8S||Abhijlt Malik||Peter Giraudo||11-5,11-6,11-7||Cornell|
|9S||Geoffrey Keating||Alec Goldberg||14-12, 3-11,11-6, 11-6||Columbia|
|10S||Richard Soper||11-9,11-9, 7-11, 1-11, 11-1||Columbia|