NEW YORK - The Columbia women's squash team will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday, February 12 to play a pair of matches against Vassar and Wesleyan. The Lions will look to build on their 10-3 record in its final weekend of action prior to the Women's Nationals.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 14 Columbia easily handled Haverford on Sunday, February 6 when it defeated the Fords 9-0. The Lions won all nine matches in three straight games in their final home match of the season, and all nine Columbia players gave up less than 10 points in total in their individual matches.
MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES
Entering its first season as a varsity team, the Columbia women's squash team was ranked No. 25 in pre-season polls by College Squash Association. After a number of big wins, the Lions have climbed the ranks throughout this season, holding the No. 14 spot in the latest poll.
Columbia will get to gauge how much they have improved in recent weeks when they square off against Vassar and Wesleyan. The Lions played both teams earlier in the season, defeating Wesleyan 7-2 on January 16, and Vassar 9-0 on January 29.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Vassar is currently ranked No. 22 in the nation according to CSA and sports a 4-6 record. Kristine Bell is 3-5 at the No. 1 spot, while Willow Thompson leads her team with six wins this season.
Wesleyan is ranked No. 19 nationally with an 11-10 record. The Cardinals recently finished 2-2 at the NESCAC Championships, defeating Tufts and Bowdoin, but falling to Williams and Hamilton.
Columbia (10-3) will next compete at the Women's Nationals in Princeton, N.J. on Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20. The Individual National Championships are set for March 4-6 in Hanover, N.H.