2015 College Squash Individual Championships: Day 2 Mid-Day Report


College Squash AssociationPrinceton, NJ — This morning’s action saw the Rounds of 16 in the Holleran and Molloy main draws, plus the Ramsay Cup quarterfinals.

Ramsay Cup (Women’s A Division): Harvard’s Amanda Sobhy, the three-time defending Ramsay Cup champion, held Anaka Alankamony of Penn to just six points in a three-game win. Kanzy El Defrawy of Trinity, the number 2 seed in the tournament and a Ramsay Cup finalist the past two seasons, also advanced in three games over another Penn player, Marie Stephan. The match of the morning was between Princeton teammates Maria Elena Ubina and Olivia Fiechter. Fiechter came from 0-2 down to win in five. She will play Sobhy in the semifinals, and El Defrawy will play the winner of the match between Danielle Letourneau (Cornell) and Nicole Bunyan (Princeton). The Letourneau-Bunyan match is going to five games.

Holleran Cup (Women’s B Division): Trinity College, the 2015 Howe Cup finalists, will have four players in the Holleran quarterfinals: Natalie Babjukova, who defeated Maria Alejandra Porras (George Washington); Sachika Balvani, who defeated teammate Chanel Erasmus in five games; Karolina Holinkova, who defeated Virginia’s Carey Danforth; and Salma El Defrawy, who outlasted Christina Huchro of Stanford in five. Yale University will have two players, Annie Ballaine and Georgia Blatchford, in the quarters. Blatchford advanced with a three-game win over Hannah Hay-Smith of Brown, and Ballaine battled through five games with Emma Uible of Cornell. Alison Richmond, who defeated Kira Keating (Princeton) in the Round of 16, will represent Penn in the quarters, and Alexandra Toth will represent Princeton. Toth defeated Nicole Friedman (Wiliams) to advance.

Pool Trophy (Men’s A Division): The A Division quarterfinals are underway. The match-ups are Ahmed Abdel Khalek (Bates) versus Edgar Zayas (St. Lawrence); Ahmed Hatata (Bates) versus Ryosei Kobayashi (Rochester); Aditya Jagtap (Cornell) versus David Ryan (Harvard); and Samuel Kang (Princeton) versus Osama Khalifa (Columbia). Ryan and Kobayashi were the first to advance to the semifinals, both winning in three.

Molloy Cup (Men’s B Division): Only Matt Roberts of Harvard and Jamie Ruggiero of Williams advanced to the quarterfinals in just three games. Roberts defeated Graham Dietz (Cornell), and Ruggiero beat Dylan Cunningham (F&M), who took two of the games to tie-breakers. Joseph Roberts (Yale) advanced in four over August Frank (Penn), as did Afeeq Ismail (Trinity), who defeated Anderson Good (St. Lawrence). Ibrahim Bakir (Drexel), who beat James Kacergis (Navy), also advanced in four games, while Kevin Chen (Williams) outlasted Oisin Logan (George Washington) in five. Also winning in five games were Amherst’s Noah Browne, who played Kyle Martino (Dartmouth), and Navy’s Andrew McGuinness, who played Omar Allaudin (Trinity).