NEW YORK - The No. 9 Columbia men's squash team (3-2, 1-2 Ivy)
competed three times over the weekend, defeating No. 18 Brown and No. 16 Navy,
each by a score of 8-1. The Lions also faced No. 6 Yale, falling to the
Bulldogs 8-1. No. 2 Ramit Tandon improved to 5-0 on the year with wins in each
match for Columbia.
Taking on the Brown Bears Saturday in Stamford, Conn., the Lions had four
student-athletes sweep matches en route to an 8-1 victory. Tandon and Mohamed
AbdelMaksoud earned 3-0 wins in No. 1 and 2 matches, respectively. Tandon
blanked Blake Reinson in the opening set and cruised to an 11-0, 11-6, 11-4
win, while AbdelMaksoud played a tight first set on his way to an 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
Daniel Saleem and Andrew Tan also captured 3-0 wins in the
Columbia triumph. In the No. 6 match, Saleem took down Christopher Holter,
11-9, 11-7, 11-6. The opening set of the No. 8 match between Tan and Brown's
Charles Lebovitz needed extra points to be decided, but it would Columbia's
junior who would come out on top, 15-13. Tan took the final two sets, 11-4,
11-5, for the sweep.
Tony Zou, Graham Miao and Kyul Rhee each overcame first set
losses in their respective matches to secure four-set wins Saturday. In the No.
9 match, Alex Nalle manufactured a two-set lead and closed out Avinash Bhavnani
in the fourth, 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5.
Brown vs. Columbia Scorecard
Hosting the United States Naval Academy in a Sunday morning tilt, the Lions
needed five sets in numerous matches, but were able to top the Midshipmen, 8-1,
at the SL Green StreetSquash Center.
Tan provided an exciting comeback victory in the No. 8 match
for the Columbia faithful. After falling behind by two sets, Tan found his
stride and won the next three sets, including a tight 12-10 fifth-set decision,
to knock off Mitchell Bottini. Miao and Rhee also found themselves in five-set
battles in the No. 4 and 5 matches, respectively, but each secured their second
wins of the weekend.
Two Lions, Tandon and Saleem, posted 3-0 wins against Navy. In
the No. 1 match, Tandon eased past Andrew McGuinness, 11-4, 11-2, 11-2, while
Saleem dominated John Richey, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, in the No. 6 match. AbdelMaksoud, Zou and Nalle all notched
four-set wins for Columbia against the Mids.
Navy vs. Columbia Scorecard
Columbia's winning ways were halted in the afternoon portion of Sunday's
doubleheader, as Yale captured matches No. 2-8 for the 8-1 victory.
Tandon defeated Kenneth Chan in the No. 1 match, 11-4, 11-7,
11-7, for the Lions' only win of the match. The victory pushed Tandon to 5-0 on
the year, with each win coming in the form of a 3-0 shutout.
Columbia has four matches slated for Jan. 18-20. A 3 p.m.
matchup on Friday, Jan. 18 against No. 7 Franklin & Marshall will begin the
weekend's competition. Matches against No. 10 St. Lawrence and No. 15 George
Washington will follow on Saturday, before closing out the weekend Sunday versus
No. 20 Bowdoin.