Bwog Sports Monday: Lions Squash Colonials
Written by Max Rettig
Some cool shit happened this weekend. Squash squawker Max Rettig serves it up.
The 11th-ranked Columbia women’s squash team defeated 14-ranked GW in the season-opener, taking 7 of 9 matches. The victory kept the Lions’ winning streak against GW alive, and it now stands at 3 games. While GW won the first two matches, Columbia took seven in a row, with sophomore Rayna Pacheco jump-starting CU on its path to victory in the next six matches. The Lions largely dominated their wins, with 6 of 9 coming in three straight sets, if that’s what they’re called. Pacheco and Skylar Dickey bookended Columbia’s 7 match wins by beating GW. Squash is another one of those sports, like tennis and volleyball, in which winning an overall competition actually demands winning three smaller competitions. We have a few courts in the fitness center; they’re the rooms with really small doors and really big walls. Bwog recommends you check it out.
In Other News…
Men’s basketball defeated Idaho 65-60. The team lost to Portland 52-69 earlier in the weekend. Maodo Lo was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Congrats!
Women’s swimming and diving won the Frank Elm Invitational, beating second-place Rutgers, the host school. Salena Huang, Mikaila Gaffey and Daniela Rueda had impressive performances.
Women’s basketball lost to Farleigh Dickinson 59-69. Tori Oliver scored a career-high 14 points and Miwa Tachibana matched her career-high of 17 points. The Lions lost to Cal State-Fullerton on Friday as well, 54-80.
In fencing, the men beat Princeton and NJIT while the women lost to Princeton in a very close contest, but defeated NJIT as well.
Men’s swimming and diving fell to Harvard 130-170.
Nicolas Composto, of XC fame this season, won USTFCCCA (it’s a mouthful, but US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, if you were wondering) All-America honors by finishing in the top 40 at this weekend’s national championship race, finishing in 30:37.8. Congrats to Nicolas on a phenomenal senior season.
Squash via Wikimedia Commons