Members of the Harvard coaching staff with Amanda Sobhy and Ali Farag were all smiles after the pair won the CSA Individual national titles last year (Dale Walker).
HARTFORD, Conn. – Several members of the Harvard men's and women's squash teams will travel to Hartford, Conn., this weekend to compete in the College Squash Association Individual National Championships. Trinity will serve as the host site for the three-day championship event that pits the top men's and women's squash players again each other.
Both the men and the women have two tournament draws, one for the top 32 players and another for with 48 student-athletes. On the men's side, the Pool Division is the top draw, which Harvard has won a total of 34 times, and the Molloy Division is the secondary bracket. The Ramsay Cup is the main bracket on the women's side, won by Harvard player 12 times, and the Holleran Cup serves as the secondary bracket. Last season, Harvard's Ali Farag won the Pool Cup, and Amanda Sobhy won the Ramsay Cup, marking the Crimson's second sweep of the top divisions in the last three years.
The Crimson will have a total of 12 players competing in the event, seven women and five men, including two of the presumptive favorites in Farag and Sobhy.
Farag (13-1), who suffered the first defeat of his collegiate career last weekend to Princeton's Todd Harrity, was bumped off the top line and is the second seed in the men's event. He is joined in the top draw by teammates Brandon McLaughlin (13-3), Nigel Koh (9-7) and Gary Power (12-3).
Tommy Mullaney is competing in Molloy Division and has received a bye into the round of 32.
On the women's side, Sobhy (10-0) is the top seed in the Ramsay Division, dropping just a single game in 2012-13 to run her career mark to 25-0. She'll be joined by 2010 individual national champion Laura Gemmell, Haley Mendez, Michelle Gemmell and Natasha Kingshott in the top half of the bracket. Sarah Mumanachit and Julianne Chu will compete for Harvard in the Holleran Cup.
First Round Matchups
Pool Trophy (Bracket)
Ali Farag vs. Michael Sunderland (Cornell), 1 p.m.
Brandon McLaughlin vs. Dylan Ward (Princeton), 12:10 p.m.
Nigel Koh vs. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (Bates), 12:10 p.m.
Gary Power vs. Samuel Kang (Princeton), 1:50 p.m.
Molloy Cup (Bracket)
Tommy Mullaney BYE, will face winner of C.J. Smith (Colby) and Alexander Arjoon (Franklin & Marshall) at 2:40 p.m. Friday
Ramsay Cup (Bracket)
Amanda Sobhy vs. Gwendoline Tilghman (Yale), 11:40 a.m.
Laura Gemmell vs. Natalie Babjukova (Trinity), 1:00 p.m.
Haley Mendez vs. Haidi Lala (Penn), 1:00 p.m.
Michelle Gemmell vs. Catalina Pelaez (Trinity), 12:20 p.m.
Natasha Kingshott vs. Yan Xin Tan (Penn), 12:20 p.m.
Holleran Cup (Bracket)
Sarah Mumanachit BYE, will face the winner of Myriam Kelly (Bates) and Annie Ballaine (Yale) at 4:20 p.m. Friday
Julianne Chu BYE, will face the winner of Arielle Lehman (Amherst) and Dori Rahbar (Brown) at 4:20 p.m. Friday