Women's Squash Sends Two to Individual National Championships
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

HANOVER, N.H. -  Liz Chu and Katie Quan were the women's squash players selected to represent Columbia at the Individual National Championships.  The three day event took place at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and featured the top 115 players in the country.

Each team is designated a certain number of entrants based on their end of the year ranking. With Columbia ranked No. 14 at the end of the regular season, the Lions were awarded two spots as Chu and Quan competed in the Holleran Division of the tournament.

Chu advanced by default in the first round and dropped her next match to Shara Robertson of Mount Holyoke, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8.  The junior bounced back to win her next match in three straight games 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 over Kristine Bell of Vassar.  Chu's third match was against  Princeton's Caroline Feeley, and despite putting up a solid fight, Chu lost in three close games 11-5, 11-8, and 11-8 to be eliminated from the tournament.

Quan dropped her first game to Virginia Shannon of Middlebury 11-6, but came back to win three straight 11-8, 12-10, and 11-6 to advance to the next round. There she squared off against Emery Holton of Trinity who was the fourth seed in the division.  Holton defeated Quan 11-5, 11-3, and 11-1 to drop her down to the consolation bracket where she lost to Middlebury's Abigail Jenkins 3-1 (4-11, 11-7, 4-11, 5-11) to end her tournament run.

Columbia finished its first varsity season 12-6 overall and moved up to the B Division at the Women's National Team Championship.