NEW YORK - The No. 12 Columbia women's squash team will head to New Haven, Conn. this weekend to compete in the 2013 College Squash Association National Team Championships hosted by Yale. Competing in the Kurtz Cup (B Division), the Lions will open the tournament against George Washington on Friday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Matches will be played at Yale's Brady Squash Center and the Hopkins School. Please read this CSA article for more information on parking, dining and accommodations.
This will be the second meeting of the season between Columbia and GW in New Haven, Conn. The squads met in a neutral site matchup on Jan. 19 with the Lions posting a convincing 8-1 victory over the Colonials. The Lions recorded sweeps in six of the matches that day.
Columbia and GW have met three times since the Lions program earned varsity status three seasons ago. During the 2010-11 season, the teams went head-to-head twice, with each winning once. The Colonials become the first team to fall to the Lions as a varsity program, losing 6-3 in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 20, 2010. GW exacted revenge on the Lions in the Kurtz Cup that season, downing the Lions in the consolation bracket 5-4.
If Columbia gets past GW in the first round, the Lions will meet the winner of the Dartmouth/Amherst matchup on Saturday. The Big Green is ranked ninth nationally and holds the top seed in the Kurtz Cup. The other half of the bracket features Middlebury taking on Franklin & Marshall and Bates versus Williams.
During the regular season, Columbia went 2-3 against teams in the Kurtz Cup. The Lions have wins this year over GW and F&M, but fell to Dartmouth, Middlebury and Williams.
Columbia finished last season's CSA Team Nationals with a consolation finals victory over Mt. Holyoke. After an opening round loss to Williams, the Lions downed F&M and Mt. Holyoke to finish the season ranked 13th on the season.
Friday, Feb. 15
1) Dartmouth vs. Amherst - 1:30 p.m.
2) Columbia vs. George Washington - 1:30 p.m.
3) Middlebury vs. Franklin & Marshall - 4 p.m.
4) Williams vs. Bates - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16
5) Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 - 1:30 p.m.
6) Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2 - 1:30 p.m.
7) Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4 - 4 p.m.
8) Loser of Match 3 vs. Loser of Match 4 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17
9) Loser of Match 6 vs. Loser of Match 8 - 8:30 a.m. (15/16th place)
10) Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 8 - 8:30 a.m. (13/14th place)
11) Loser of Match 5 vs. Loser of Match 7 - 10:30 a.m. (11/12th place)
12) Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 7 - 10:30 a.m. (8/9th place - Kurtz Cup Champion)