HARVARD, Mass. (Feb. 26, 2012) – The Mount Holyoke College squash team suffered a 6-3 setback to Columbia University today at the College Squash Association National Championships. Sophomore Randima Ranaweera, senior Shara Robertson and sophomore Shaheen Madraswala each collected wins for the Lyons, who closed out the season with an overall record of 17-11.
Mount Holyoke entered the weekend seeded sixth amongst Kurtz Cup (B Division) competitors. After falling 8-1 to third-seeded Brown University on Friday, the Lyons bounced back with a thrilling 6-3 triumph over seventh-seeded Hamilton College yesterday. In doing so, they tied the program record for wins in a season and punched their ticket to today's Consolation Championship.
Ranaweera put the finishing touches on her perfect weekend with a 3-0 victory over Alisha Maity at the top of the lineup. Mount Holyoke also received outstanding performances from Robertson and Madraswala, who each came out on top 3-1. After splitting the first two games of her number two match against Katie Quan, Robertson rolled in games four and five. Meanwhile, Madraswala battled back from an early deficit to take the final three games of her number three contest against Kate Calihan.
Columbia's (6-11) wins came from Liz Chu, Monica Stone, Dheeya Somaiya, Skylar Dickey, Annie Tickell and Morgan Strauss.
As a result of its performance this weekend, Mount Holyoke will finish the season ranked 14th in the nation. Ranaweera and Robertson will represent the Lyons at the CSA Individual Championships next weekend. The event is slated to take place at Amherst College from Friday through Sunday.
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February 28, 2012 Ranaweera Earns Lyons of the Week Honors
February 26, 2012 Squash Comes Up Just Short Against Columbia at National Championships
February 24, 2012 Squash Falls to Brown in Quarterfinal Round of National Championships
February 18, 2012 Squash Falls to Perennial Powerhouse Trinity in Regular Season Finale
February 17, 2012 Lyons Game Day Central: Squash vs. Trinity
February 11, 2012 Squash Splits Pair at Williams
February 8, 2012 Squash Drops Heartbreaker at Amherst
February 4, 2012 Squash Rolls to Sixth Consecutive Seven Sisters Championship
February 2, 2012 Brummer Collects College Squash Player of the Week Honors
January 31, 2012 Lyons Game Day Central: Squash vs. Connecticut
January 29, 2012 Brummer Leads Squash to Split on Final Day of Maine Event
January 28, 2012 Squash Overpowers Colby and George Washington at Maine Event
January 21, 2012 Squash Earns Split on Second Day of Pioneer Valley Invitational
January 15, 2012 Lyons Game Day Central: Squash vs. Middlebury
January 15, 2012 Squash Falls to Middlebury in First Outing of New Year
December 14, 2011 Madraswala Takes Home College Squash Player of the Week Honors
December 8, 2011 Squash Uses Home Court Advantage to Take Down Wesleyan
December 8, 2011 Lyons Game Day Central: Squash vs. Wesleyan
December 6, 2011 Madraswala Lands Lyon of the Week Honors
December 4, 2011 Squash Rolls Past Smith and Colgate at Wesleyan Round Robin
December 3, 2011 Squash Splits Pair at Wesleyan Round Robin
November 20, 2011 Squash Matches Up With Perennial Powers Stanford and Cornell
November 19, 2011 Squash Opens 2011-12 Season With Convincing Wins Over Smith and Tufts
November 18, 2011 Lyons Game Day Central: Squash Hosts Smith and Tufts
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