Monday, March 10, 2014
Amanda Wins in Toronto
Just a few days after winning her third consecutive Ramsay Cup, Amanda was off to Toronto for the Granite Open. She made it past the second-seeded Rachael Grinham in the semifinals to face the world number thirteen, Omneya Abdel Kawy, in the finals. She was able to beat the Egyptian 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in just 36 minutes. This WSA Silver 25 event is the biggest WSA tour title of Amanda's career.
She has now lost only one WSA tour final in 12 appearances!
Seven of Harvard's current and former players competed at US Nationals this past weekend with three of them making the finals.
In the SL Green Women's Open:
Cece Cortes '12 (Quarterfinalist)
Amanda Sobhy '15 (Finalist)
In the US Masters:
Jay Nelson '62 (Finalist in M70+)
Anil Nayar '69 (Quarterfinalist in M65+)
Bill Kaplan '77 (Quarterfinalist in M55+)
Hope Prockop '90 (Finalist in W35/40+)
Tim Wyant '00 (semifinalist in M35+)
Great to see Crimson squashers still going strong!
Amanda Sobhy and Ali Farag win 2014 National Individual Championships!
Ben Heckscher '57, two-time winner of the Pool Trophy ('56,'57), with Ali and Amanda, the 2014 Individual Champs
Both of Harvard's #1 players won the Men's and Women's National Individual Championships yesterday at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Amanda Sobhy defeated Kanzy El Defrawy in three games. Kanzy is Trinity's hard-hitting #1 player who was once ranked World #27 in WISPA and World #5 U19. In both the first and second games, Kanzy took early leads but Amanda pulled away to win 11-6 and 11-5. The milage that Amanda put into Kanzy's legs was evident in the third as Amanda charged to an 11-3 finish. She is the first woman from Harvard to win the Ramsey Cup three consecutive times! Despite the one sided scoreline, the Individual National Championship never comes easy. Amanda did a phenomenal job of staying focused throughout the weekend and performed well under pressure in the final.
Ali was next on court. He was plagued by errors in the first game and lost 11-6. In the second, he fell behind 6-2 before storming back to 9-9. It was a critical moment in the match where the tide could turn either way. Ali pressed on to take the second game 13-11. He made incredible gets to hang in and take the third 11-5. He rolled with the momentum to finish it off the fourth by a score of 11-4.
Correction from Sunday's blast: Brandon McLaughlin made it two the round of 16 where he was knocked off by Princeton's #1, Sam Kang. He then went on to defeat Dylan Ward of Princeton and Karan Malik of Trinity to finish in the top 10. Haley Mendez defeated Princeton's Libby Eyre in the round of 16 before losing to Amanda Sobhy in the quarterfinals. For two players at #2 on their respective ladders to finish in the top 10 in the nation while fighting through illness is unbelievable!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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MEN'S TEAM - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014
Our men's team put on their best performance of the season and beat Trinity College in the final 9-0. Harvard stayed unbeaten throughout the season and won the National Championship without dropping a single match this past weekend.
The first round of play today was very close. Bryan Koh at #6 went down 0-2 but was able to fight back and win in five. Tyler Olsen at #9 had a close five-setter too but proved to be the stronger player in the fifth. Dylan Murray at #3 was able to win in three games.
These wins gave the team a lot of momentum. Nigel Koh at #5 won quickly in three and it was up to co-captain Brandon McLaughlin at #2 to take the deciding fifth win for the team. Brandon's match was extremely close until the very end but he was able to clinch it in the tie-break of the fifth game.
Ali Farag, who received the legendary Skillman Award before the final, won in three games at #1. Tommy Mullaney at #8 and Nick Hopcroft at #7 also won 3-0 while co-captain Gary Power took four games to beat his opponent.
It's the men's team's first national title since 1998. The team and the coaches couldn't be happier. The players peaked at just the right time and performed very well today and through the season.
You can read more about the final on the CSA website: http://collegesquashassociation.com/
The coaches are now looking forward to this weekend when the women compete at their National Championships in Princeton. Stay tuned.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The men fought past 5th ranked Franklin & Marshall in the semifinals today by a score of 9-0. Six matches were won in three games. Dylan Murray, Tommy Mullaney and Bryan Koh went to four. Despite the overall score, each individual had to play very well to get through. They will face 2nd seed Trinity in the finals tomorrow. Trinity had strong wins over Cornell in the quarters and Yale in the semi's.
The Crimson men are well-prepared for this. They are fit, focused and have pushed through the draw in businesslike fashion. They are now in full recovery mode with stretching, ice baths and good food.
Harvard's last national title was in 1998.
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