Ali Farag Takes CSA Individual National Title with Championship Sweep

Ali Farag Takes CSA Individual National Title with Championship Sweep

Harvard's Ali Farag won the CSA Individual Championship tournament with a 3-0 win over Ramit Tandon on Sunday (photo courtesy Michael T. Bello).

AMHERST, Mass. – Ali Farag of the Harvard men's squash team gave the Crimson its second national champion in three years with a 3-0 win in the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass., Sunday. Farag swept Ramit Tandon of Columbia in the title match.

Farag and Tandon, who had not met during the 2011-12 season, played a tight first game to open the match. The game was tied at three, four, nine and ten before Farag finished off Tandon with the final two points to win, 12-10. The initial game was Farag's closest of the three-day tournament, as he had swept the previous four matches without needing extra points.

The second game started just as close as the first, as the score was knotted at eight. Farag proceeded to take the next three points, including strokes in the final two rallies, to win, 11-8 and build a 2-0 lead in the match.

With control of the match, Farag used his momentum to put away Tandon with ease. Harvard's sophomore started the third game with an 8-1 lead and eventually finished the match, 11-4, and the match, 3-0, to give Farag the national championship.

The title was Farag's first in his first season of college squash, as he finished the season with an unblemished 16-0 mark.

Harvard players have won 34th Pool Trophies, which are awarded to the nation's individual champion. Colin West '10, who was crowned in his senior season, had been the Crimson's last championship winner.