NEW YORK - The No. 14 Columbia women's squash team will begin the 2013 calendar year this weekend with a pair of matches against Ivy League opponents. The Lions will meet No. 9 Brown for a noon matchup at The Squash Club - Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. on Saturday, Jan. 12 and then return home Sunday to take on No. 2 Yale at the SL Green StreetSquash Center at 2:30 p.m.
Columbia opened the season with a home loss to No. 6 Cornell on Dec. 2. The Big Red swept the match, but not without a fight from Columbia. Catherine Jenkins and Katie Quan each forced four sets in their respective matches, while Monica Stone played a spirited first set against Brynn Daniels, but fell 14-12.
Following this weekend, the Lions will play nine of their remaining 10 matches on the road, including the next eight. Columbia's only home match after Sunday comes on Feb. 8 when No. 5 Penn visits New York City.
The Bears enter Saturday's contest with an unblemished 4-0 record, having not lost a single individual match to date. Brown has topped No. 18 Wesleyan, Wellesley, NO. 21 Colby and No. 28 Connecticut College all by scores of 9-0.
Playing as the No. 1 for Brown, Dori Rahbar has secured wins in each of her first four matches. The Bears defeated the Lions last season, 8-1. Columbia's Quan captured the lone win for the Lions in the No. 5 match, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7.
The Bulldogs have posted a 3-0 mark through the early portion of the 2012-13 slate. A 9-0 win over the season at home against No. 15 Franklin & Marshall on Nov. 30 kicked off the season. Yale followed that win with back-to-back shutouts of No. 21 Colby and No. 10 Williams on Jan. 5.
Yale returns a pair of players that finished the 2011-12 season ranked in the top-10 of the individual poll. No. 2 Mille Tomlinson and No. 6 Kim Hay are both in the midst of their junior campaigns for the Bulldogs.
Columbia fell to Yale in last year's meeting, 9-0, on Jan. 15, 2012.