NEW YORK-The Columbia men's squash team will open the regular season this weekend taking on three of the Dunlop Men's College Squash Association's top 20 teams in two days. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the team heads to the Belkin International Squash Courts in Ithaca, N.Y. to face top Ivy League opponent and sixth-ranked Cornell at 10 a.m. They will also face 12th-ranked St. Lawrence in a neutral site match to follow at 2 p.m. The Lions will return Sunday, Dec. 4, to host 16th-ranked Bates College at 11 a.m. in Street Squash.
ABOUT THE LIONS
The Lions will open the season ranked 20th according to the Dunlop Men's College Squash Association team rankings. Beginning the season with three tough Ivy League scrimmages with Brown, Yale and Dartmouth, the Lions will continue to put their young talent to the test.
"We have a very young team. Even our returning players only have one year's worth of competition experience. Our group is very talented but we still have a lot of work to do before we can compete well against the more established teams," Jacques Swanepoel, the Columbia Squash Alumni and Friends Head Coach of Squash stated.
Be on the look out for first-year Ramit Tandon of Kolkata, India. He went through the Ivy League scrimmages without dropping a game at the no. 1 position, beating the number ones from Yale, Dartmouth and Brown in straight sets.
"He will be one of the top three college squash players in the country and will be a big contender for the individual national title," Swanepoel projects.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
The sixth-ranked Ivy-League foe opened the season with two 9-0 wins over 14th-ranked Middlebury College and 10th-ranked Williams College. The Big Red return Ivy League Rookie of the Year Nick Sachvie and All-Ivy Leauge honoree junior Thomas Spettigue.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
The St. Lawrence men's squash team will enter the match at 3-1 after competing at the Liberty League Squash Championships to open the season. The 12th-ranked Saints defeated Liberty League opponents Hobart, Bard, and Vassar, but fell to fourth-ranked Rochester, 5-4.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
The 16th-ranked Bates College has tallied a 2-3 overall record including a 0-9 home loss to No. 1 Trinity. After a 2-0 start to open the season, the Bobcats have loss their last three matches.
The Lions will head to Annapolis on Tuesday, January 10 at 2 p.m. to take on Navy.