SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Columbia women's squash team continued to turn heads after finishing 5-0 at the Pioneer Valley Invitational. In addition to its 9-0 sweep of Smith on Friday night, the Lions went on to also defeat Mt. Holyoke, Colby, Wellesley and Wesleyan, and by doing so improved to 7-1 on the season.
On Saturday, January 15, No. 17 Columbia upset No. 13 Mount Holyoke 6-3, and easily handled No. 20 Colby, 8-1.
Against Mount Holyoke, the Lions picked up wins at No. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Junior Liz Chu had an exciting 3-2 win at the number one spot. After dropping the first match 6-11, she won the next two 11-5 and 11-9 to take a 2-1 lead. Her opponent, Randima Ranaweera, tied the match with a 9-11 win in the following game, but Chu battled back to take the fifth game 11-4. Skylar Dickey also won 3-2 at No. 5 (2-11, 11-2, 10-12, 13-11, 11-5). Morgan Strauss, Jenny Schroder and Anne Cheng all won in three straight games, while Lindsey Harris won 3-1 (11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-2).
Against Colby, Columbia won six matches 3-0, including a strong showing by Katie Quan at the No. 4 spot as she defeated Jae Palk 11-6, 11-0, 11-2. Stone won a five-set match at No. 2 over Molly Parsons 6-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.
On the third day of the tournament, the Lions continued their impressive play by blanking No. 27 Wellesley 9-0 and downing No. 19 Wesleyan 7-2. In its first match of the day, Columbia easily handled Wellesley, winning by a 3-0 margin in all spots aside from a 3-1 win at the No. 1 spot by Chu. Quan surrendered just three points in her match, while Dickey gave up just four.
Columbia (7-1) returns to action on Saturday, January 29 when it travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Vassar and Northeastern.