Championship Central

PHILADELPHIA - With the opening day of the 2014 College Squash Association Individual National Championships in the books, three Columbia players remain alive in the winners’ brackets. Ramit Tandon advanced in the Pool Trophy (A Division), Joshua Sekhar in the Molloy Cup (B Division) and Grace Van Arkel in the women’s Holleran Cup (B Division).

After dominating his opening win in the Pool Trophy (A Division), Tandon was faced head-to-head with younger brother and teammate Rishi Tandon in the next round. The older brother came away with the victory in straight games, 11-2,11-6, 11-7, to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday with a match against Rochester’s Neil Cordell at 12:30 p.m.

In the Molloy Cup (B Division), Sekhar received a bye in the opening round of 64 and posted his first win of the day in the round of 32. Sekhar defeated Penn’s August Frank, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, to move into the round of 16 tommorrow at 10:40am against John Steele of Wesleyan.

On the women’s side, Grace Van Arkel stood strong in a back-and-forth battle in the round of 32 to grab a victory. After being down 2-1 through three games, Van Arkel rattled off two straight wins to take the match 9-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-8, 11-8. The first-year will play tomorrow at 10:30am against Shyluan Mao.

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