No. 18 Men's Squash Falls to No. 22 Wesleyan, 5-4, in Summers Cup Semis
Sobhy and Three Freshmen Post Wins
Feb. 23, 2013
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The No. 18 George Washington men's squash team was unable to outlast home-standing Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon, as the Colonials fell to the Cardinals, 5-4, at Rosenbaum Squash Center in the semifinals of the Summers Cup.
GW (11-10) will face the loser No. 21 Bowdoin and No. 17 Middlebury on Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Wesleyan in a playoff for a final national ranking of No. 20.
Freshmen James Reiss and Reid Breck each picked up early wins at Nos. 3 and 5, respectively, to tie the match early at 2-2. Classmate Ahmed Abdel-Latif followed with a sweep of Guy Davidson at No. 2 to put the Colonials ahead, 3-2.
Wesleyan (15-7) was able to pull even with a win at No. 8 to tie the score at 3-3 with three matches to play.
Senior Omar Sobhy picked up a win at No. 1 over John Steele to give the Colonials a brief lead. Sobhy won the first set, but Steele rallied to tie the match at 1-1. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native than closed out the match by winning the third set 11-8, and shutting out Steele in the final frame for the 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-0 victory.
Needing just one more victory to clinch the match, the Colonials suffered a pair of five-set losses and Wesleyan advanced to the Summers Cup Championship match.
Breck improves his record to 18-3 in his debut season. A win on Sunday will tie him for third place in program history for single-season victories. Sobhy, who picked up his 17th win of the season on Saturday, is the Colonials all-time leader with 57 career victories.