No. 20 Men's Squash Closes Regular Season on the Road
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's squash team will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday, February 12 to play Vassar and Wesleyan. The Lions will look to close out the regular portion of the season on a high note in their final two matches before the Men's Nationals.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia improved to 10-3 this season after picking up a pair of victories on Sunday, February 6. The No. 20 Lions downed both Fordham and Haverford 9-0, winning all 18 matches in three-straight games. The matches marked the final home contests for the season.
Columbia has played both Vassar and Wesleyan earlier in the year. The Lions swept Vassar 9-0 on January 29, and pulled out a huge 5-4 upset over Wesleyan on January 16 in their closest match to-date. At the time Columbia was ranked No. 27 and the Cardinals were No. 22., and Tony Zou, Theo Buchsbaum, Alec Goldberg, Andrew Tan and Anchit Nayar each had key individual wins.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Vassar is 3-11 this season, picking up wins against Bard (2) and Fordham. They are coming off a 6-3 win against Fordham on February 6, and carry a two-match win streak into this weekend.
Wesleyan sits just behind Columbia in the latest rankings at No. 21. The Cardinals are 11-10 this season with a young roster. The team recently made program history when it won its first round match against Tufts, never having done so before. Wesleyan had lost to Tufts in four of the previous five tournaments and never faired better than an 8-1 setback.
Columbia (10-3) will next compete at the Men's Nationals in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27. The Individual National Championships are set for March 4-6 in Hanover, N.H.