Men's and Women's Squash Set to Compete at CSA Individual National Championships

Sobhy will look to claim her third straight Ramsey Cup. (photo courtesy: Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Members of the Harvard men and women's squash teams will head to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the College Squash Association Individual National Championships this weekend. Drexel's Kline & Specter Squash Center will serve as the primary site for the championships with Penn's Ringe Courts hosting additional matches for the three-day event that pits the best men's and women's players against each other.

The Crimson will have a total six players competing in the event, two women and four men, including two of the presumptive favorites in junior Amanda Sobhy and senior Ali Farag.

Farag, the 2011-12 national champion, was unable to capture the Pool Trophy for a second consecutive year as the Cairo, Egypt, native fell to St. Lawrence's Amr Khalifa, 3-2, in the semifinals one year ago.

On the women's side, Sobhy will look to become the first player in program history to win the Ramsey Cup three times. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native also will join an elite group of women who have won the title consecutively in the history of the tournament. Gail Ramsey of Penn State (1977-80) is the only individual to win the title four back-to-back times, while Alicia McConnell of Penn (1982-84) and Julia Beaver of Princeton (1999-2001) have took the title three straight years.

Farag (15-0) is joined in Philadelphia by Brandon McLaughlin (13-2), Nigel Koh (14-1) and Bryan Koh (13-2). Last season, Farag fell to St. Lawrence's Amr Khalifa, 3-2, in the semifinals.

Defending national champion, Sobhy (12-0) will compete alongside of teammate Haley Mendez (10-3). 

Pool Trophy
Ali Farag vs. Christopher Jung (Dartmouth) 10:30 a.m.
Brandon McLaughlin vs. Charles Cutler (F&M) 10:30 a.m.
Bryan Koh vs. Nicholas Sachvie (Cornell) 11:20 a.m.
Nigel Koh vs. Abhishek Pradhan (F&M) 1:00 p.m.

Ramsay Cup
Amanda Sobhy vs. Alexandra Sawin (Princeton) 10:20 a.m.
Haley Mendez vs. Madeleine Gill (Stanford) 11:00 a.m.