NEW YORK - The No. 9 Columbia men's squash team (1-1) will resume competition
this weekend with three matches, including a pair of Ivy League contests. The
Lions will meet No. 18 Brown Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon at The Squash Club -
Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn. before returning to the SL Green StreetSquash
Center for a home doubleheader Sunday, Jan. 13 against No. 16 Navy and No. 6 Yale
at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
Columbia has had over six weeks off since a home match
against No. 4 Cornell on Dec. 2. The Big Red edged the Lions, 5-4, but Ramit
Tandon and Theo Buchsbaum each improved to 2-0 on the season with victories.
The Lions will look to take advantage of their home court
this weekend, as their next eight matches will be played on the road. Six
out-of-conference matches are slated between Jan. 18 and Jan. 27, before away
matches at Ancient Eight foes No. 3 Harvard and No. 8 Dartmouth.
The Bears enter Saturday's contest sporting a perfect 4-0 record, including
three shutouts. Brown knocked off No. 24 Wesleyan and No. 33 MIT at the MIT
Round Robin Tournament to begin the season and toppled No. 19 Colby and No. 26
Connecticut College on Dec. 1.
Blake Reinson remains undefeated at the top spot for the
Bears this season. Reinson opened the year with a come-from-behind win over
Wesleyan's Guy Davidson, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-5. Freshman Oliver Booth
has played as Brown's No. 2 through the opening portion of the season and is
In last season's meeting, Brown fell at home to Columbia,
6-3, on Jan. 14, 2012.
Navy makes the trek to New York City as one of the most experienced teams this
season. The Mids have racked up a 20-3 overall record, going 5-2 on the road
Navy opened the season with 16 straight wins, going
undefeated at both the Navy Invitational and the Navy Veterans Weekend Round
Robin. No. 14 Bates handed the Mids their first loss, 5-4, on Nov. 18. In the
New Year, Navy upset No. 11 Western Ontario, 5-4, on Jan. 9. The Mids will
visit Fordham Saturday before taking on the Lions Sunday.
Columbia and Navy met twice last season with the teams
splitting their meetings. Navy came away victorious in the regular season, downing
the Lions 7-2 on Jan. 10, 2012. At the CSA National Team Championships,
Columbia exacted revenge, defeating the Mids, 5-4, on Feb. 17, 2012.
The Bulldogs currently hold a 3-0 record heading into this weekend's action.
Yale will make the Empire State swing Saturday and Sunday, facing Cornell in
Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday and then visiting the City of New York to take on
In its lone match of the 2012 calendar year, Yale downed No.
7 Franklin & Marshall, 9-0. On Jan. 5, the Bulldogs continued their season
with a shutout of No. 19 Colby and a close win over No. 12 Williams, 5-4.
Kenneth Chan has held the top slot in the Yale lineup in all
three matches, securing victories in each.
In the only meeting between Yale and Columbia since the
Lions achieved varsity status, the Bulldogs, ranked second in the nation at the
time, defeated Columba, 9-0, last season.