NEW YORK-The Columbia women's squash team will open Ivy-League play at 11:00 a.m this Saturday, Dec. 3 at seventh-ranked Cornell. They will also face, the St. Lawrence Saints in the Belkin International Squash Courts in Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday at 2:00p.m following their match with the Big Red. Sunday, Dec. 4, the Lions will host the 11th-ranked Bobcats of Bates College in Street Squash at 4:00 p.m. to complete their weekend of competitive play.


According to the Dunlop Women's College Squash Association Team Rankings, the Lions will begin the season ranked 16th in the country. They will face two opponents in the top 20 this weekend but the team welcomes the challenge. "We play challenge matches every week to set the ladder and every week there is a surprise," stated Columbia Women's Squash Head Coach Kelsey Engman.

A young and talented team looks to continue its growth this season facing another competitive schedule. "Just like last season, we want to continue to build a unique program. "We focus on positive thinking and how that manifests itself on the court, " said Engman. "We practice good sportsmanship, and we work very hard. Our team takes pride in the time and effort they put in on a daily basis, and it builds their confidence to have such tough competition within the team."

The Lions put their young talents to the test earlier this year with Ivy League scrimmages with Yale, Cornell, and Brown.  After falling to Yale and Cornell, the team pulled out an encouraging win over Brown. The team will enter Ithaca, N.Y. at 1-0 following a sweeping win over Toronto, 9-0, Nov. 18. 



The seventh-ranked Big Red are 3-1 to start the season. After losing to sixth-ranked Stanford to open the season, Cornell has won 3 of its last four matches. The team has posted sweeping wins over 12th-ranked Middlebury College, ninth-ranked Williams College, and 13th-ranked Mount Holyoke College.



The Saints will enter Saturday's match at 1-1 with a win over 28th-ranked William Smith and a 7-2 loss to Vassar. The St. Lawerence women's squash team are ranked 27th overall. 



The Bats College women's squash team at 4-1 are ranked 11th overall. They began the season at 4-0 before falling to fourth-ranked Trinity 1-8 in their last match.



The Columbia women's squash team will continue Ivy-League play when they travel to Brown on Saturday, January 10.