Individual Nationals: Semifinals Recap

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Harvard’s David Ryan (l), who entered as the No. 14 seed, captured a place in the final with a win over teammate Timmy Brownell (credit Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com)

Semifinals were contested Saturday in the ten divisions of the college squash individual nationals. Players are set to compete for national titles and All-American honors in the finals on Sunday.

In the Potter Cup (men’s A division), top seed Kush Kumar of Trinity looked strong after having to recover from a long quarterfinal on Friday night. Kumar defeated four seed Saad Abouaish of Harvard in straight games to advance to his first national championship final. The bottom half semifinal was more closely contested as teammates David Ryan and Timmy Brownell of Harvard played a seesaw five-game match, with David Ryan continuing his run of tournament upsets to secure a place in the final.

In the Ramsay Cup (women’s A division), Penn’s Reeham Sedky continued her undefeated regular season with a win over long-time rival Sabrina Sobhy from Harvard. Sedky will look to capture her first national championship on Sunday after also making the finals in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 final will be a rematch of last year as Harvard’s Gina Kennedy—the 2017 champion—fended off a five-game challenge from teammate Amelia Henley.

In the Potter and Ramsay consolation draws, four athletes earned First Team All-American honors by making the consolation finals. Princeton’s Olivia Fiechter and Penn’s Marie Stephan advanced on the women’s side, while Yale’s Spencer Lovejoy and St. Lawrence’s Karim Ibrahim did so on the men’s.

In the four Holleran division (women’s B) and four Molloy division (men’s B) draws, the finalists will compete on Sunday for Second Team All-American honors, a recognition earned by the winner of each draw.

Holleran North: Eleonore Evans (Harvard) v. Sue Ann Yong (Harvard)
Holleran South: Michele Garceau (Cornell) v. Vanessa Raj (Trinity)
Holleran East: Madlen O’Connor (Columbia) v. Zoe Foo Yuk Han (George Washington)
Holleran West: Raneem El Torky (Princeton) v. Kira Keating (Princeton)

Molloy North: David Yacobucci (Penn) v. Omar Allaudin (Trinity)
Molloy South : Matthew Toth (Rochester) v. Ziad Sakr (Trinity)
Molloy East: Carson Spahr (Dartmouth) v. Belal Nawar (St. Lawrence)
Molloy West: Lawrence Kuhn (Rochester) v. Lucas Rousselet (Drexel)

Follow all of the action live throughout the weekend on the 2018 College Individual Championships page, including live streaming from Squash on Fire, and live scores through Club Locker for each match throughout the tournament.