NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Columbia men's squash team went 4-0 in competition at the Pioneer Valley Invitational on January 15-16. The Lions defeated Connecticut College, Colby and Hobart 7-2, and pulled out a 5-4 victory against Wesleyan in the final match of the weekend. Columbia has now won five straight and stands at 5-1 overall this season.
Columbia, ranked No. 27 in the country, defeated No. 26 Connecticut College in its first match of the tournament on Saturday, January 15. Graham Miao won by default at the No. 1 spot, Clayton Dahlman won 3-1 against Robert Bolling at No. 2, while Anthony Zou easily defeated John Sluder in three straight games 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 at No. 3.
After dropping the first game, Martin Goman came back to defeat Tyler Stilwell 3-1 at No. 4. First-years Theo Buchsbaum and Alec Goldberg won 3-0 each at No. 5 and 6, and Andrew Tan picked up the final win at No. 7 with a 3-1 win over Blay Bradley.
Later that day, the Lions defeated No. 24 Colby 7-2, again winning at No. 1 - No. 7. Tan and Zou were were the only two Columbia players to win in three games, and Miao, Goman, and Buchsbaum all won thrilling five-game matches.
On Sunday, Columbia picked up right where it left off. Once again winning at No. 1 - No. 7, the Lions won six of those matches in three straight games against No. 25 Hobart.
In the closest match of the weekend, Columbia won its fifth straight match by defeating No. 22 Wesleyan 5-4 on Sunday evening. At the No. 3 spot, Zou defeated Dale Kobrin 11-5, 11-8, 11-7. Also picking up wins for the Lions were Buchsbaum, Goldberg, Tan and Nayar. Golberg took a 2-0 lead against Alex Nunez before dropping the next two 10-12, 3-11. But the first-year rallied and came back to defeat Nunez 11-7 in the fifth game for the 3-2 win.
Columbia (5-1) returns to action on Friday, January 21 when it hosts Navy at 7:30 p.m.