Men's Squash To Face No. 24 Hamilton In Opening Round Of Nationals
Feb. 24, 2011
NORTHAMPTON, MA- The No. 17-ranked George Washington men's squash team will compete this weekend in the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals in Northampton, MA. The Colonials are the top seed in the Summers Cup (C Division) and will face No. 24 Hamilton in the opening round, Friday morning at 11:00 am.
GW (15-7) is led by sophomore Islam El-Fiky the 27th-ranked player in the CSA and the 172nd-ranked men's player in the world. El-Fiky has been a force for the Colonials at the top of the ladder this season with a dominant 15-2 individual record.
GW and Hamilton have met once this season, with the Colonials winning 7-2 on February 12.
Sophomore Omar Sobhy, the 88th-ranked player in the CSA, leads GW with 18 individual victories and just two losses. Sobhy has been victorious in three straight matches and has won nine of his last ten.
This weekend will mark the final team matches for senior captain Mike Bower. Bower has a record of 14-9 this season and has proven to be a versatile member of the lineup, collecting wins in five different positions on the ladder.
GW has had key members return to the lineup who have been absent in the earlier portion of the schedule. Junior Michael Nair, who studied abroad in the fall semester, has returned to the lineup and played to a 5-6 record. Freshman Larkin Brinkworth also returned to the lineup in February and picked up a victory over Northeastern, improving his record to 4-0 on the season.
Also recording double-digit victories for GW this season have been freshman Chris Bell (10-5), sophomores Sam Ehrlich (12-9), Player Haynes (15-6) and junior Adam Pistel (14-6).
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).