Cambridge, Mass. - After rolling in the opening round of the CSA National Championships yesterday, the No. 11 Columbia men’s squash continued its high-level play in a tough semi-final round matchup against No. 10 Western Ontario on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Lions edged Western Ontario 5-4 at the Murr Center to advance to the finals of the Hoehn Cup (B Division) for the second time in three years.
Ramit Tandon put together an impressive performance with a win in straight games at the No. 1 position, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7. Jonathan Gill added a solid day at the No. 6 position adding another sweep for the Lions, 13-11, 11-8, 11-3.
At the No. 3 and 4 positions, Columbia saw a pair of strong victories by Mohamed AbdelMaksoud and Joshua Sekhar. After taking the first game, AbdelMaksoud found himself down 2-1 at No.3 after three games. The junior dug deep to win back-to-back games to come away with the win, 11-4, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.
Sekhar and Western Ontario’s Adam Engel were in a back and forth battle at No.4 trading wins. Sekhar remained strong in the fifth game for an 11-5 victory.
Alex Nalle took on teammate AbdelMaksoud’s resilience at No. 9 for another win for Columbia. Nalle came up big taking down Eric Mercer, 11-7, 3-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-9.
Up next, the Lions will cap the season in the finals of the Hoehn Cup (B Divison) on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. against Ivy League foe No. 9 Princeton.
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|Match Date||Seed #5
|2/15/14|| No. 11 Columbia
||5|| No. 10 Western Ontario
|1S||Ramit Tandon||Albert Shoihet||11-4, 11-4, 11-7||Columbia|
|2S||Rishi Tandon||James Van Staveren||11-3, 12-10, 11-7||Western Ontario|
|3S||Mohamed AbdelMaksoud||Adrian Ostbye||11-4. 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7||Columbia|
|4S||Joshua Sehkar||Adam Engel||8-11,11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5||Columbia|
|5S||Daniel Saleem||Kale Wilson||111-8, 11-6, 14-12||
|6S||Jonathan Gil||Devin Hinchey||13-11, 11-8, 11-3||Columbia|
|7S||Alec Goldberg||Cory Shannon||11-9, 11-2, 6-11, 11-8||Western Ontario|
|8S||Tarun Nambiar||Nick Guest||11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8||Western Ontario|
|9S||Alex Nalle||Eric Mercer||11-7, 3-11, 11-13, 12-19, 11-9||Columbia|
|10S||Andrew Tan||Krishan Rana||11-8, 11-6, 11-4||Columbia|