CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Twelve members of the Harvard squash program will compete for individual honors at the 2018 Collegiate Squash Association's (CSA) Individual Championship hosted by George Washington University. Reigning women's national champion Gina Kennedy headlines the Crimson contingent headed for the nation's capital. The three-day event will begin on Friday, March 2, and continue through Sunday, March 4. Live scoring and select broadcasts will be available at csaquash.com.
Juniors Sabrina Sobhy and Kayley Leonard, as well as sophomore Amelia Henley join Kennedy in the Ramsay Cup. Senior Sue Ann Yong, sophomores Eleonore Evans and Sophie Mehta, and freshman Hannah Craig will compete under the Holleran Cup brackets. Senior David Ryan, sophomore Saadeldin Abouaish, second-year Timothy Brownell, and freshman Julien Gosset will represent the Crimson on the men's side. The three veterans are in the Pool Trophy bracket, while the rookie is in the Molly Cup draw.
Pool Trophy (Bracket)
David Ryan vs. Osama K. Khalifa - 10:40 a.m. Friday, March 2
Ryan is making his second appearance at the CSA Individual Championship. The captain's opening round opponent is reigning national champion Osama Khalifa of Columbia. Ryan was eliminated by Khalifa, 0-3, in a national quarterfinal when the two were freshmen. Ryan went 15-0 in dual matches this season at spots three, four, and seven. Khalifa posted an 8-1 record at No. 1. The winner will play the victor of the Spencer Lovejoy (Yale), Ashley Davies (Rochester) match on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saadeldin Abouaish vs. Karim Ibrahim (St. Lawrence) - 10:40 a.m. Friday, March 2
Abouasish is also competing in his second CSA Individual Championship. The sophomore reached the quarterfinal last year. Abouaish went 10-6 at No.1 this year. Ibrahim played at No. 2 for the Saints this season. The winner plays Harrison Gill (Yale)/Andrew Douglas (Penn) at 5:30 p.m. later that day.
Timothy Brownell vs. Ahmed Bayoumy (St. Lawrence) - 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 2
Brownell is making his first appearance at the CSA Individual Championship. The sophomore went 11-3 in dual matches this season. Bayoumy was the third-ranked Saints' No. 1. The winner plays Seif Attia (Columbia)/ Youssef Ibrahim (Princeton) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Molloy Cup: B Division South (Bracket)
Julien Gosset vs. Jarett M. Odrich (Virginia) - 9 a.m. Friday, March 2
Gosset's first individual collegiate tournament match will be against Jarett Odrich of Virginia. Gosset went 11-3 in dual matches as a freshman. The rookie played at spots five through eight. Odrich was the Cavaliers' No. 3. The victor will play Mahmoud Abdel-Maksoud (GWU) or Sergio Martin (Dickinson) on Friday at 3:40 p.m.
Ramsay Cup (Bracket)
Gina Kennedy vs. Julia Le Coq (Trinity) 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 2
Kennedy will begin her title defense against Le Coq. The Beckeham, U.K., native defeated Le Coq in a 2017 semifinal, 3-0. The two did not compete against each in either of the Harvard/Trinity matches this season. Kennedy went a perfect 15-0 at spots one, two, and three. Le Coq played at No. 3 for the Bantams. The winner of this bout plays winner of the Leonard/Wong contest at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Kayley Leonard vs. Casey Wong (Stanford) - 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 2
Leonard returns the CSA Individual Championship for the third straight season. The Harrison, N.Y. product has reached the semifinals in each of the previous two seasons. Leonard went 15-0 this season at spots one, two, and three. Wong played at No. 1 for Stanford, but the two did not play each other in the dual match in January.
Amelia Henley vs. Olivia Fiechter (Princeton) - 12:20 p.m. Friday, March 2
Henley is making her second showing in the Ramsay Cup. The sophomore produced a perfect 14-0 record at No. 4 and No. 5 this season, following a perfect 13-0 campaign as a freshman. Henley's only career loss has come at the CSA individual tournament. Fiechter played at No. 1 for Princeton and was an All-America honoree last year. The winner plays either Salma Alam Eldin (Trinity) or Lucy Beecroft (Yale) at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Sabrina Sobhy vs. Marie Stephan (Penn) - 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 2
Sobhy is the lone Harvard student-athlete on her side of the Ramsay Cup bracket. Sobhy went reached the quarterfinal of this tournament as a freshman. The junior went 10-2 this season, playing largely at No. 1. Stephan played at No. 2 and No. 3 for the Quakers this season. Stephan is one of Penn's All-America selections. The winner plays Reneem Shiraf (Trinity) or Tanvi Shanna (Columbia) on Frday at 5:30 p.m.
Holleran Cup: B North (Bracket)
Eleonore Evans vs. Charlotte Knaggs (Cornell) - 9 a.m. Friday, March 2
Evans is making her second appearance in the individual tournament. The sophomore beat Knaggs in the three games during the regular-season contest between Harvard and Cornell, but did not playing each during CSA Team Championships. Evans went 15-0 at No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 in her second year with the Crimson. The victor will meet Fiona Power (Drexel) or Emma Uible (Cornell) on Friday at 3 p.m.
Sophie Mehta vs. Isabel Hirshberg (Princeton) - 10:20 a.m. Friday, March 2
Mehta won the Holleran A Division as a freshman. The junior swept Hirshberg at No. 8 in the regular season meeting. Mehta produced a 15-0 mark at No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8 this season. The winner will play the victor of the Yong/Fraser match.
Sue Ann Yong / Gabrielle Fraser (William Smith) - 3:40 p.m. Friday, March 2
Harvard's captain returns to the Holleran Division playoff after a stellar 13-1 season at No. 5 and No. 6. Fraser played at No. 1 for a William Smith squad that won the Epps Cup this year.
Holleran Cup: B West (Bracket)
Hannah Craig vs. Rebecca Brownell (Dartmouth) - 12:20 p.m. Friday, March 2
Craig posted a record of 13-0 at No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9 en route to her first CSA Individual Champioship appearance. The freshman will face a senior in Brownell. The Big Green veteran played at No. 2 and competed in the Ramsay Cup as a sophomore. The winner will meet either Raneem El Torkey (Priceton) or Brandy Williamson (Mt. Holyoke) on Friday at 6 p.m.