Farag Sweeps to CSA Individual Championship Round of 16

Farag Sweeps to CSA Individual Championship Round of 16

Ali Farag kept his perfect season alive with two wins at the CSA Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass. (photo courtes Dale Walker).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sophomore Ali Farag is the lone Harvard player left in the winners' bracket after day one of the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass. Five other Crimson players competed Friday, but all lost in one of the first two rounds of the Pool Trophy or Molloy Cup tournaments. 

The top 32 college squash players compete for the Pool Trophy, while 48 others are battling in the Molloy Cup bracket.

Farag defeated Adam Perkiomaki of Trinity and Harvard teammate Brandon McLaughlin to advance to the round of 16 of the Pool Trophy tournament. Farag swept Perkiomaki 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 and beat McLaughlin, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4. The Cairo, Egypt native is the tournament's No. 1 seed and will play Trinity's Antonia Diaz Glez tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

If Farag defeats Glez Diaz, he would advance to the tournament's semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The championship match is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Harvard's Nick Hopcroft and Gary Power were each selected to compete in the Pool Trophy tournament, but fell in the first round. Diaz Glez bounced Nick Hopcroft, 13-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, and Gary Power lost, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 to Ben Fischer of Trinity.

In the Molloy Cup, the CSA individual's 'B' division, Nigel Koh and Thomas Mullaney dropped second round matches. Koh fell to Kyle Ogilvy of St. Lawrence, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, after getting a bye past the first round and Mullaney fell to Rochester's Matt Domenick, 13-11, 11-3, 11-9. Mullaney opened with an 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 win over Harry Waterton of Bryant in the first round.

For links to the complete brackets click here.