No. 17 Women's Squash Hosts Bates Saturday
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

NEW YORK - The Columbia women's squash team will look for its eighth straight win on Saturday, January 22 when it hosts Bates for its first home match as a varsity team.  The match was originally scheduled for January 15 at the Pioneer Valley Invitational, but will now be played at the StreetSquash facility at 40 West 116th Street.

The No. 17 Lions had an impressive showing at the Pioneer Valley Invitational, finishing a perfect 5-0.  On Friday, January 14, Columbia swept Smith 9-0 to set the stage for the strong weekend.  The team followed that up with a 6-3 upset of No. 13 Mt. Holyoke the next morning, and later that day easily defeated No. 20 Colby 8-1.  On the final day of action, the Lions blanked No. 27 Wellesley and defeated No. 19 Wesleyan 7-2.

After finishing 5-0 at the Pioneer Valley Invitational, the squash community is taking notice of the Lions.  Both the Columbia men's and women's squash programs were featured on the U.S. Squash website, highlighting the College Squash Roundup for last week.  Check out the article here.

Bates is 7-8 overall this season entering this weekend and ranked No. 13 in the last College Squash Association's Team Rankings.  The Bobcats opened the season with a four-match win streak, but more recently are coming off back-to-back losses to No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 1 Harvard.  Bates will play No. 11 Middlebury on Friday night prior to its Saturday match against the Lions.

Head women's squash coach Kelsey Engman will face-off against her alma mater, Bates, on Saturday.  Engman graduated from Bates in 2007 after a stellar squash career where she played No. 1 for the Bobcats and captained the team as a senior.

This weekend's match will serve as the home opener for the Lions.  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 on 115th Street.

Columbia (7-1) returns to action on Saturday, January 29 when it travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to play Vassar and Northeastern.