NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Playing in its final match of the season, the Columbia women's squash team won matches No. 5-9 on the ladder to defeat Middlebury at the 2013 College Squash Association National Team Championships Sunday. With the win, Columbia will finish the season ranked No. 11 in the nation.
Columbia and Middlebury met back on Jan. 26 in Vermont with the Panthers downing the Lions, 6-3. In that match, Middlebury won the bottom five spots on the ladder, each of which Columbia won today.
Co-captains Katie Quan and Skylar Dickey recorded sweeps in the No. 7 and 8 matches, respectively. Quan downed Amanda Chen by a score of 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, while Dickey won a tough first set, 14-12, before taking the next two, 11-7, 11-5.
In the No. 5 match, Leah Barnet went up 2-0 and was then able to hold off Zoe Carey's comeback to take the fifth game, 11-9.
Diya Kumar and Monica Stone posted Columbia final two wins, each coming from behind in their respective matches. In the No. 9 match, Kumar trailed Anne Ulrich, 0-1 and 1-2, before winning the final two games by matching 11-4 scores. In the No. 6 match, Stone went down two games to Saskia Pownall-Gray, but recovered to secure the next three games. Stone eased through the third game, 11-2, and then took the final two games, 11-7, 11-8.
Despite the team season coming to an end Sunday, the CSA Individual National Championships are slated for March 1-3 in Hartford, Conn.