No. 17 Men's Squash Opens CSA Nationals With 8-1 Win Over Stanford
Colonials Top Cardinal For Second Time This Season; Face Bowdoin on Saturday
Feb. 17, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - The No. 17 George Washington men's squash team opened play in the Summers Cup (C Division) of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals on Friday afternoon, topping No. 24 Stanford, 8-1, at the Lawrenceville School.
GW (13-9) advances to play Bowdoin College in the semi-finals on Saturday at 12 p.m. Bowdoin defeated Connecticut College, 6-3, earlier Friday.
The Colonials dropped just one match in Friday's victory and received straight-set victories from five players.
Juniors Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy each swept their way to 3-0 victories in the No. 1 and No. 2 position on the ladder, respectively. It was the second time this season that both El-Fiky and Sobhy topped their respective Stanford opponents following the Colonials' 9-0 victory over the Cardinal on Jan. 14.
GW received two key victories at No. 5 and No. 7. At No. 5, junior Sam Ehrlich dropped the first two games before storming back to stun Theodore Bowers in five sets, 10-12, 6-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.
At No. 7, junior Player Haynes won the first set over Nix Xu, 11-8, but relinquished his lead in the second set before rebounding for a 11-8, 12-14, 11-4, 11-9 victory. Also recording straight-set victories for the Colonials was senior Jose Calderon, sophomore Larkin Brinkworth and freshman David Moxley.
GW is 2-0 against Bowdoin College this season. The Colonials won 8-1 on Dec. 3 and 5-4 on Jan. 29.