Squash Ivies Travel to Trinity for CSA Individual Championships
Portions courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ivy League men's and women's squash players ascend on the Ferris Athletic Center on the campus of Trinity College on March 1-3 for the 2013 College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships.
Each men's and women's individual tournaments feature two divisions: Pool Trophy (A division) and Molloy Cup (B division) on the men's side and Ramsey Cup (A division) and Holleran Cup (B division) on the women's side.
The Ivy League dominates the Pool Trophy bracket with 19 of the 32 competitors and have 22 of the 32 in the Ramsey Cup draw.
Harvard's Ali Farag looks to make it two-straight individual national championships but will face tough competition, most notably in Princeton's Todd Harrity who took home the title in 2011. The Ancient Eight is poised for its fourth-consecutive individual national champion as Harvard's Colin West won it all in 2010.
Harrity grabbed the first seed by virtue of his 3-1 win over reigning champion and formerly unbeaten Farag in last weekend's CSA Men's Team Championship semifinal match. Farag, who had been 2-0 against Harrity in his career, is the second seed, and could face St. Lawrence freshman Amr Khaled Khalifa in the semifinal. Khalifa was undefeated this season, though he has not faced Harrity or Farag.
The League is also looking for four-straight on the women's side in both the Ramsey and Holleran Cups.
Harvard's Amanda Sobhy enters the weekend looking to remain undefeated this year and defend her 2012 crown. Sobhy clinched the CSA Women's Team title for the Crimson on Feb. 17 with a straight-set win to earn the pivotal fifth point in a 5-4 victory over Trinity and secure the school's 14th CSA women's title.
In the Holleran Cup, the League have won three-straight with Harvard's Katherine O'Donnell in 2010, Princeton's Katie Giovinazzo in 2011 and Yale's Shihui Mao in 2012. This year's draw features 22 Ivies in the 48-player bracket.