NEW YORK - The Columbia women's squash team dropped a 7-2 match to No. 11 Middlebury on Sunday, January 30.  The Lions, currently ranked No. 14 in the country, picked up wins at the No. 3 and No. 6 spots by a pair of first-years, Katie Quan and Skylar Dickey.

Playing at No. 3, Quan edged Virginia Shannon in an exciting five-game match.  Quan and Shannon traded games back-and-forth, with Quan winning the first and third games (12-10 and 11-1), and Shannon taking the second and fourth games (11-7 and 11-9). In the final game it was Quan who narrowly edged her opponent 12-10 for the victory.

Her classmate, Dickey, needed just four games to defeat her opponent Lindsay Bedan at No. 6.  After dropping the opening game 11-6, Dickey came back to win the next three 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 to pick up Columbia's second victory of the match.

Another first-year, Monica Stone, put up a solid fight at the No. 4 spot.  Stone battled back after losing her first two games to Katherine Bartwick to even the match at 2-2, but ultimately it was Bartwick who took game five 11-8 to hold on for the win.

At the No. 8 spot, Anne Cheng also lost a 3-2 heartbreaker. Cheng won the first game 11-8, but dropped the next two 11-6 and 11-5 to Jamie Burdfield. The senior co-captain came back to win game four 11-6, but lost the final game 12-10 in a hard fought battle.

Columbia (9-3) returns to action on Sunday, February 6 when it hosts Haverford at 1 p.m. in its final home match of the season.

Middlebury 7, Columbia 2
1.  Elaina Lard (M) def. Liz Chu, 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-5)
2. Abby Jenkins (M) def. Annie Tickell, 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-3)
3.  Katie Quan (C) def. Virginia Shannon, 3-2 (12-10, 7-11, 11-1, 9-11, 12-10)
4.  Katherine Bartwick (M) def. Monica Stone, 3-2 (11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-13, 11-8)
5.  Molly Hubbard (M) def. Morgan Strauss, 3-1 (9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-7)
6.  Skylar Dickey (C) def. Lindsay Bedan, 3-1 (6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7)
7.  Amanda Chen (M) def. Jenny Schroder, 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-2)
8.  Jamie Burdfield (M) def. Anne Cheng, 3-2 (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10)
9.  Katie Yates (M) def. Alexa Mouta, 3-0 (11-5, 11-0, 11-8)
10.  Annie Ulrish (M) def. Kate Hansen, 3-0 (11-1, 11-4, 11-3)