Sobhy, Mendez, Farag Stay Alive at CSA Individual Championships

Sobhy, Mendez, Farag Stay Alive at CSA Individual Championships
Farag will play in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (photo courtsey: Zack Williamson). 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – At the end of day one, three Crimson student-athletes remain alive at the CSA Individual Championships.  On the men's side, Ali Farag advanced on in the Pool Trophy, while Amanda Sobhy and Haley Mendez moved on and will face each other in the quarterfinals of the Ramsey Cup.

Farag, looking for his second national championship title, opened the day with a 3-0 victory over Christopher Jung of Dartmouth. In the second round, the Cairo, Egypt, native knocked off Princeton's Dylan Ward, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8. The senior will play Samuel Kang of Princeton Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

The defending national champion, Sobhy made quick work of Princeton's Alexandra Sawin in the opening round. The junior surrounded just seven points in a 3-0 win in the opening round. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native took down Anna Porras of George Washington in the second round, 11-3, 11-4, 11-3, to earn a trip to the quarterfinals.

Mendez met Madeleine Gill of Stanford in the first round where the junior posted a 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 to move alive.  In the next round, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native downed Princeton's Elizabeth Eyre, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6. Mendez moves onto the quarterfinals for the first time of her collegiate career.

Brandon McLaughlin advanced to the round of 16 where he fell to Kang of Princeton, 3-1. McLaughlin toppled Charles Cuttler of Franklin & Marshall, 13-11, 12-10, 11-5 in the opening round.

Senior Nigel Koh was knocked off by Abhishek Pradhan, 3-2.  N. Koh won the first two matches, giving up only eight points, before Pradhan came back to win 2-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Rookie Bryan Koh fell to Cornell's Nicholas Sachvie, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6.