NEW YORK – Another weekend full of action awaits the No. 9 Columbia women's squash team as they look to conquer a slate of four matches in the three days. The action begins on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Pioneer Valley Invitational with a pair of matches in Amherst, Mass. against the No. 22 Wesleyan at 1 p.m. followed by No. 18 Amherst at 3:30 p.m. The Lions will closeout the Invitational facing No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, Columbia will finish non-conference play at home against No. 15 Williams. The Lions will hosts the Ephs in a 2 p.m. match at SL Green StreetSquash Center.
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Columbia (2-2) will head to Amherst coming off a major program milestone in its last outing. On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Lions grabbed its first Ivy League win in program history over No. 9 Brown. A 6-3 victory gave Columbia its first ever victory over a top-10 opponent.
The Cardinals come into the Invitational holding the No. 22 spot in the latest rankings with a 6-2 record on the season. Captain Mary Foster was ranked No. 93 at the end of the 2012-13 season and currently holds a 6-1 individual record, sweeping all of her opponents this year. Columbia leads the all time series 2-0 against Wesleyan and will face each other for the first time since 2011 on Friday.
No. 18 Amherst will hosts the Pioneer Valley Invitation with a 1-2 overall record. The Jeffs started the 2013-14 season with a 9-0 sweep against Northeastern in November but fell to Yale, 0-9, and Middlebury, 8-1. This will be the first meeting between Amherst and Columbia.
ABOUT FRANKLIN & MARSHALL
The Diplomats began 2014 ranked 13th in the nation with a 2-4 overall record. Franklin & Marshall returns Emily Caldwell and Roxana Mead who were ranked 91st and 104th respectively in the final Dunlop rankings of the 2012-13 season. Mead currently holds a 2-4 individual record for the season. Caldwell has started the season with a 0-4 slump. Columbia leads the all-time series, 2-0.
Williams is currently ranked 15th in the nation with an 8-7 overeall record. The Ephs returned three of five players ranked at the end of last season, including Alyssa Northrop, Ellie O'Neill and Nicole Feshbach. Columbia will look to make history on Sunday gearing to defeat Williams for the first time ever.