Men's Squash Goes 3-1 At Yale Round Robin
Jan. 24, 2011
NEW HAVEN, CT - The No. 16-ranked George Washington men's squash team went 3-1 in the Yale Round Robin this past weekend, recording victories over No. 20 Stanford, No. 23 Tufts and No. 26 Connecticut College.
GW (13-5) opened the round robin on Saturday with matches against Stanford and Middlebury. The Colonials rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Cardinal thanks to strong play throughout the ladder. All but one of the Colonials victories came in straight sets with sophomore Islam El-Fiky leading the way. El-Fiky, the 27th-ranked player in the College Squash Association (CSA) cruised to an 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 win over Samuel Gold.
The Colonials suffered their only loss of the weekend when they fell to No. 17 Middlebury College, 7-2. El-Fiky and sophomore Omar Sobhy provided wins in the top two ladder spots for GW. Junior Jose Calderon nearly provided another win for GW, but his comeback bid fell just short, falling in five sets to Parker Hurst (8-11, 16-14, 7-11, 11-1, 11-4).
GW bounced back on Sunday afternoon by recording 9-0 victories over both No. 23 Tufts and No. 26 Connecticut College. El-Fiky once again provided wins from the top ladder spot, as he finished the weekend undefeated. El-Fiky, the 172nd-ranked men's player in the world, now has a 13-1 individual record, with all of his victories coming from the top of the ladder.
Sobhy, the 88th-ranked player in the CSA, also notched four more wins from the No. 2 position on the ladder over the weekend and now leads the team with 15 individual victories.
The men's squash team returns to action next Saturday, February 5, as they host Franklin & Marshall at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center. Match time is 2:00pm.