GW Men's Squash Stuns #9 Penn, Falls to #15 Bates on Saturday
Nov. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 16 nationally ranked George Washington men's squash team split a doubleheader on Saturday at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center, falling to No. 15 Bates before rallying for an upset of No. 9 Penn.
In the first match of the day, the Colonials suffered a 5-4 setback to No. 15 Bates, marking their first loss of the young season. GW (3-1) suffered a rare defeat at the No. 1 position when senior Islam El-Fiky, who entered the match with 40 career victories, lost 3-0 to Ahmed Abdel Khalek.
Freshman Ahmed Abdel-Latif, senior Omar Sobhy and freshman James Reiss combined to give the Colonials three wins at Nos. 2-4, but Bates clinched the match with three wins at Nos. 7-9 on the ladder plus a win at No. 5.
Also recording a victory for GW against Bates was freshman Reid Breck, who outlasted Filip Michalsky at No. 6 for a 13-15, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5 win.
In the nightcap, GW rallied from a 4-3 deficit to stun No. 9 Penn, 5-4. Senior Islam El-Fiky provided the equalizer with a straight-sets victory at No. 1 and freshman James Reiss clinched the upset with a marathon 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9 victory at No. 4.
The Colonials return to action next weekend with a road trip north to visit No. 22 Connecticut College (Fri., 7 p.m.), No. 21 Amherst (Sat., 2 p.m.), No. 18 Colby (Sun., 10 a.m.) and No. 2 Trinity (Sun. 1 p.m.).