NORTHHAMPTON, Mass. - The Columbia women's squash team picked up where it left off to begin 2011 by defeating Smith 9-0 in its first match at the Pioneer Valley Invitational. With the win, the Lions improve to 3-1 on the season.

No. 17 Columbia used an all-around team effort to defeat the No. 28 Pioneers at Smith.  The Lions won all nine matches in three straight games.

"The team played a great match tonight," said head coach Kelsey Engman.  "Smith was missing a few players but the Columbia women really dominated all of their matches.  They looked very fit and focused after our week of training in California.  They really look ready for this weekend."

Annie Tickell, playing at the No. 2 spot, looked particularly strong, defeating her opponent Jennifer Krain 11-0, 11-0, 11-4. Monica Stone competed at the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and proved more than up for the challenge, defeating Jasmine Wallas 11-2, 11-2, 11-1.

Columbia (3-1) returns to action tomorrow, Saturday January 15 at Mt. Holyoke College when it takes on Mount Holyoke at 11:30 a.m. and Colby at 7 p.m. in addition to Bates at 3:15 p.m. at Amherst.

Columbia 9, Smith 0

1. Monica Stone (COL) def. Jasmine Wallas, 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-1)

2. Annie Tickell (COL) def. Jennifer Krain, 3-0 (11-0, 11-0, 11-4)

3. Katie Quan (COL) def. Helen Queenan, 3-0 (11-3, 11-1, 11-3)

4. Skylar Dickey (COL) def. Eunice Zhao, 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-3)

5. Morgan Strauss (COL) def. Catie Blunt, 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-2)

6. Jenny Schroder (COL) def. Liz Guyman, 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-2)

7. Anne Cheng (COL) def. Julie Wang, 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-5)

8. Lindsey Harris (COL) def. Jennifer Krain by forfeit

9. Alexa Mouta (COL) def. Eunice Zhao by forfeit