NEW YORK - The No. 12 Columbia women's squash team will conclude regular-season action with three matches this weekend. The Lions host No. 3 Penn and No. 39 NYU at the SL Green StreetSquash Center in a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. before visiting No. 1 Princeton Sunday, Feb. 10 in the season finale at 12 p.m.
The entrance to the SL Green StreetSquash Center is located on 115th Street, near the intersection of Lenox Ave. and 115th St.
Friday's matches will be the first at home for Columbia since January 13 when the Lions fell to No. 5 Yale, 9-0. Columbia has played its last eight matches on the road in that span, going 3-5 with shutout wins over No. 14 Franklin & Marshall and No. 17 Bowdoin, along with an 8-1 triumph over No. 13 George Washington.
Kate Calihan, who has played four different spots on the ladder for Columbia, carries the best individual record on the team at 6-5. First-year Reyna Pacheco is just one win shy of .500 (5-6) having played each of her matches as the No. 2.
These final three matches will be the last competitive action for the Lions until the CSA National Team Championships commence on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Quakers ride a three-match win streak into Friday's match with the Lions. Over the weekend of February 2-3, Penn downed No. 9 Brown, No. 7 Stanford and No. 5 Yale.
Chloe Blacker has accumulated the most victories of any Quaker this season with 10 and just one loss playing in the bottom half of the ladder. Ailsa Agnew (9-2) and Camille Lanier (9-1) each have nine total wins across multiple positions.
The Violets, a club program at NYU, enter Friday's contest 0-7 this season. This is not the first time NYU will be playing at StreetSquash this season, as the Violets fell to No. 31 Bucknell and No. 30 Johns Hopkins in neutral site matches back in early December.
The top-ranked Tigers will host Columbia in the season-finale for both squads Sunday. Princeton will travel to No. 6 Cornell Friday and No. 4 Trinity Saturday before ending the regular season at the Jadwin Squash Courts against Columbia.
Princeton will be seeking its sixth Ivy League title this weekend. A win over Cornell Friday would give them at least a share of the title. If the Tigers are able to get past both Cornell and Columbia, they will win the title outright for the first time since 2009.