The first matches of the 2019 College Squash Assocation (CSA) Individual National Championships, hosted by Brown University, begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the Nicol Squash Club on the campus of the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. 160 of the best college players will square off for men’s and women’s championship titles and CSA All-America status.
The National Championship draws are the Ramsay Division for the women and the Pool Division for the men. There are eight additional draws in the competition: four Molloy draws for the men’s B Division and four Holleran draws for the women’s B Division.
In the Ramsay and Pool Divisions, the eight quarterfinalists as well as the consolation winner and consolation finalist earn First Team All-America status. The remaining A Division competitors and the eight winners of each of the Holleran and Molloy Division draws earn Second Team All-America accolades.
The Ramsay Division is full of talent, including several returning champions and semifinalists from previous championships, as well as a few new faces eager to make a run to the title. Sabrina Sobhy from Harvard is this year’s top seed after running the table during the season. Her victory over second seed Reeham Sedky, University of Pennsylvania senior and defending National Champion, during the Harvard-Penn dual match gave Sobhy the nod for the top spot this year. No. 3 Georgina Kennedy is also a returning champion, having won the title over Sedky in 2017. Pushing for a semifinal spot will be two rookies, No. 4 Sarahi Lopez Dominguez of Trinity and Cornell’s 5-seed Sivasangari Subramaniam. Five-time Howe Cup Champion Harvard has the most entrants in the Ramsay Division with four, followed by Howe Cup runner-up Trinity with three and Yale and Columbia with two each.
For the second year in a row, the Pool Division is guaranteed to have a new champion at the end of the weekend. Harvard’s senior David Ryan made the cinderella run to the title last year, but with his graduation, the door is open to several new and talented challengers. University of Rochester’s Ashley Davies grabbed the top spot in this year’s draw after an undefeated campaign and will look to go one step farther than recent Rochester finalists Mario Yanez (2017) and Ryosei Kobayashi (2016). Potter Cup winners Harvard have a top-2 seed in first-year Victor Crouin, who impressed in his first season in the CSA. The only blemishes on his record are a loss to Davies and two losses to No. 4 Andrew Douglas from University of Pennsylvania, who had an impressive year of his own. The third seed is Columbia sophomore Velavan Senthilkumar, who finished the year strong with wins against Douglas, 5-seed Kush Kumar of Trinity, and 6-seed Spencer Lovejoy of Yale.
Follow all of the action live throughout the weekend at the Tournament Home, including live streaming of the main court at the venue, and live scores on Club Locker for each match throughout the tournament.