NEW YORK - A total of four matches in three days awaits the No. 9 Columbia men's squash team (3-2), as the Lions travel to New Haven, Conn. this weekend. Action will begin on Friday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. against No. 7 Franklin & Marshall. Saturday, Jan. 19 sees the Lions take on No. 10 St. Lawrence at 11:30 a.m. and No. 15 George Washington at 4:30 p.m. before concluding the trip Sunday, Jan. 20 against No. 20 Bowdoin at 2 p.m.
The Lions are coming of a 2-1 weekend that included a pair of 8-1 wins over No. 18 Brown and No. 16 Navy. Ramit Tandon, the nation's second-ranked player, won all three of his matches to improve to 5-0 on the year. Tandon has yet to drop a set during his sophomore campaign.
Mohamed AbdelMaksoud and Tony Zou competed as the Lions No. 2 and 3, respectively, both going 2-1. Graham Miao has recorded a 3-1 record as the Lions' No. 4 this year, including come-from-behind wins over Brown's Eamon O'Conner and Navy's Hunter Beck.
The Diplomats improved to 5-3 with an 8-1 triumph over No. 13 Penn Wednesday, Jan. 16. Franklin & Marshall is 2-2 this season against Ivy League competition, defeating No. 8 Dartmouth as well, but falling to No. 1 Princeton and No. 6 Yale.
Guilherme de Melo has played the No. 1 position in seven matches for the Diplomats, earning a 3-4 mark. Melo downed Penn's Dan Greenberg Wednesday in four sets, 11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6. Mauricio Sedano filled the top spot against Connecticut College, winning in straight sets, but has competed as the No. 2 in all other matches. Sedano has a combined 5-3 record and has won three of his last four matches.
Scouting St. Lawrence
After opening the year with three consecutive 9-0 victories, the Saints have lost their last four matches. St. Lawrence last took the courts Sunday, Jan. 13 at No. 4 Cornell, falling to the Big Red, 6-3.
Ibrahim Khan and Kyle Ogilvy have each seen time in the top spot for St. Lawrence. Ogilvy went 2-1 as the No. 1 before dropping to the second slot. In his last three matches, Ogilvy is winless and has won just one set along the way. Khan has also had limited success at the top of the Saints' lineup, going 1-1 as the No. 2 and 0-2 in the No. 1 position. Against Cornell, Amr Khaled Khalifa played as the Saints' No. 1, defeating Nicholas Sachive in straight sets.
The Colonials find themselves at 7-3 following a 6-3 loss to Navy Wednesday. The match against the Mids was the first for George Washington since returning from a training trip to the Cayman Islands.
Islam El-Fiky has played as the No. 1 for the Colonials this season, garnering a 7-3 record. Of El-Fihky's seven wins, six of them have come via a three-set sweep. Omar Sobhy and Ahmed Abedel-Latif have split time at the No. 2 and 3 positions, with each having lost just one matches this season.
After opening the season with four losses, the Polar Bears have won each of their last two matches and lost just one individual contest in that span. Bowdoin knocked off Northeastern, 9-0, on Jan. 13 and then downed No. 23 Amherst on Jan. 16 by a score of 8-1.
Andrew Hilboldt, the Polar Bears' No. 1 player, leads all Bowdoin players with a 5-1 record. Hilboldt's last two wins over opponents from Northeastern and Amherst have both been beaten in straight sets.