Ali Farag capped off an undefeated first year in Cambridge with the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year honors (Dale Walker)
PRINCETON, N.J. – Ali Farag, a sophomore on the Harvard men's squash team, was honored as the Ivy League's Player of the Year and co-Rookie of the Year, the league announced Friday. Farag was also named to the All-Ivy first team.
The Cairo, Egypt native went undefeated (16-0) in his first season of college squash and helped Harvard to a third place finish at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships. Farag was 6-0 during the Ivy League season, while playing in the No. 1 position for each match.
Farag also won the CSA Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass., March 4 after taking down Ivy League co-Rookie of the Year, Ramit Tandon, in the championship match. Tandon challenged Farag in the first game of the title bout, but Harvard's ace eventually won, 12-10, before taking the next two games, 11-8 and 11-4 to cruise to a 3-0 victory. It was the first meeting between Tandon and Farag, as they did not meet during regular season Ancient Eight play.
Farag is the 15th Ivy League player to earn Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same year and just the third men's squash student-athlete to take home both awards.