NEW YORK - The Columbia men's squash team will play four matches this weekend, looking to build on its 5-2 record. The Lions will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Vassar, Northeastern and Bard on Saturday, January 29, before returning home to host Middlebury on Sunday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia snapped its five-match win streak on January 21 when it lost to No. 15 Navy, 1-8. Senior captain Clayton Dahlman picked up the long individual victory for the Lions by defeating Billy Abrams 3-2 in an exciting match at No. 2. Graham Miao battled back to tie his match at 2-2 against Allan Lutz, but ultimately dropped the fifth game at the No. 1 spot.
After a strong showing at the Pioneer Valley Invitational on January 14-16 where the Lions finish 4-0, Columbia has moved up in the latest team rankings by College Squash Association. Formerly holding the No. 27 spot, Columbia moved up to No. 20 in the rankings released on January 24.
HOME SWEET HOME
Columbia will compete at the StreetSquash facility located at 40 West 116th street. Fans can enter the venue at the main entrance located between 5th and Lenox Avenues on 115th Street.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The host school, Vassar, is 1-9 this season with its lone victory coming against Bard back in November. The Brewers have had close matches against Haverford and Fordham, but have lost their last seven.
Northeastern is 3-7 entering this weekend, picking up wins against Bryant (8-1), Haverford (8-1) and most recently MIT (6-3). In their third match of the day on Saturday, the Lions will square off against Bard who is 0-7 on the season.
Columbia's toughest competition of the weekend will be No. 13 Middlebury on Sunday. The Panthers are 7-3 this season, with their three losses coming from No. 3 Princeton, No. 4 Rochester, and No. 12 Brown.
In the final home match of the season, both the Columbia men's and women's teams will host Haverford on Sunday, February 6 at 1 p.m. The Lions will travel back to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. the following weekend for the Vassar Round Robin for its final tune up before Nationals.