HANOVER, N.H. - Two Columbia men's squash players took part in the Individual National Championships in Hanover, N.H. on March 3-5. Sophomores Tony Zou and Graham Miao, who played mostly No. 1 and No. 2 for the Lions this season, were chosen on the men's side to represent the Lions in the Molloy Division. finished 1-2 while went 3-2 at the tournament.
The individual tournament is composed of the top 115 players in the country. Each team gets designated a certain number of entrants based on their end of the year ranking.
Zou and Miao both had upset wins in the first round of the tournament. Zou defeated Trevor McGuinness of Penn in three straight games, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10. Next up for Zou was Ryan Dowd of Yale. Zou won the first two games 11-9 and 11-3, but Dowd came back to win three straight 11-6, 11-4, and 11-7 for the win as Zou dropped down to the consolation bracket. He was eliminated from the tournament after he dropped his next match to Brown's Blake Reinson 11-9, 11-9 and 11-2.
Miao also had a big first round win when he defeated Allan Lutz of Navy 3-2. The sophomore jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back 11-7 wins, but Lutz came back to take the next two 12-10 and 11-7. In the decisive game five, once again it proved to be a tight battle, but Miao triumphed with a 12-10 win to advance to the second round.
In his next match, Miao squared off against Oman Sobhy of George Washington but fell 3-1. Miao won the second game 11-7, but dropped the other three 11-4, 11-8 and 11-5. Dropping down to the consolation bracket, Miao won both his matches on Saturday to remain alive in the tournament. Miao defeated Samuel Gould of Stanford 14-12, 11-8, and 12-10 in an exciting match, and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Alex Dodge of St. Lawrence, winning 11-9, 11-7, and 11-6, but dropped the second game 8-11. On the third day, Miao was pitted against Clay Blackiston of Princeton where he lost a close match 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 6-11.
This concludes the 2010-11 season for the Lions as they finished their first varsity season 13-5 overall.