Men's Squash Concludes Season As 18th-ranked Team In Nation
Feb. 28, 2011
CAMBRIDGE, MA- The George Washington men's squash team finished the 2010-11 season as the 18th-ranked team in the nation, their highest ever end of season ranking. The Colonials defeated Hamilton and Wesleyan before falling to Bowdoin in the Summers Cup (C Division) championship.
GW (17-8) entered the tournament as the 17th-ranked team in the College Squash Association (CSA), securing the top seed in the Summers Cup (C Division).They opened up the tournament against No. 24 Hamilton, a team that they defeated 7-2 on February 12.
The Colonials were without the services of junior Adam Pistel who was unable to compete due to a sudden illness. Pistel has been an important part of GW's lineup this season, playing to a 14-6 individual record while securing wins in six different positions on the ladder.
As a result of Pistel's absence the bottom portion of the ladder had to each move up a spot in the lineup. In a tightly contested match the Colonials prevailed 5-4 over Hamilton. Sophomore Islam El-Fiky led the way with a victory in the No. 1 position. Also earning wins for GW were sophomores Omar Sobhy, Player Haynes, Sam Ehrlich and freshman Chris Bell.
On Saturday GW faced off against No. 21 Wesleyan for the second time this season. GW recorded a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals back on December 4th. El-Fiky, Sobhy, Haynes, Ehrlich and Bell once again provided the wins for the Colonials, securing a spot in the Summers Cup championship against No. 19 Bowdoin.
The Colonials' season came to a close on Sunday afternoon in a tough 5-4 defeat to Bowdoin in the championship round of the Summers Cup. The quartet of El-Fiky, Sobhy, Haynes and Ehrlich again provided points for GW but the rest of the lineup could not overcome the strong play of Polar Bears. The deciding match came in the No. 9 position where Bowdoin's William Winmill mounted a furious comeback after trailing 2-0 to knock off Bell in the deciding game.
The College Squash Association Team Nationals are broken up into six divisions, the Potter Cup (No. 1 - No. 8 in CSA Rankings), Hoehn Cup (No. 9 - No. 16), Summers Cup (No. 17 - 24), Conroy Cup (No. 25 - No. 32), Chaffee Cup (No. 33 - 40) and the Serues Cup (No. 41 - No. 48).
Select Colonials will continue their seasons at the CSA Individual Nationals in Hanover, NH, Friday-Sunday.