Khalifa leads record eight Saints men's squash team members in National Individual Draw
St. Lawrence University's men's squash team will have program record representation at the 2014 College Squash Association individual nationals which will begin in Philadelphia on Friday.
A total of eight Saints made the top 80 rankings and will play in the individual nationals. Led by sophomore Amr Khaled Khalifa, the defending Pool Trophy winner as national individual champion, the Saints placed two in the "A" Division and five in the "B" Division.Khalifa is the second seed in the Pool Division behind Harvard's Ali Farag, who is the only player to beat the Saint star in collegiate play. The two met in the semifinals last year and Khalifa battled back from 2-0 down to win the match in five and advance to face Princeton senior Todd Harrity, who he defeated in straight games. Farag won the head-to-head match between the two players when the Saints played at Harvard earlier this season. Khalifa is 6-1 this season and has battled injury problems, but is expected to be in good shape for his title defense.
Khalifa became the first Saint player to make the "A" division pool a year ago, and the 2014 nationals will feature two Saints for the first time in history as freshman Moustafa Bayoumy, 15-0 this season, was seeded fourth.
Junior Ibriham Khan, 8-9 on the year, is the seventh seed in the "B" division for players ranked 33-80 and will battle for the Molloy Cup along with five other Saint players. Khan was ranked 39th overall while senior Vir Seth, 8-6 on the year, is 47th overall and 15 in the "B" pool, junior Sebastian Reidelsheimer, 5-8, is ranked 52nd overall and 20th in the pool, junior Anderson Good (13-3) is 58th overall and 26th in the B pool, junior Chris Fernandez (13-3) 60th overall and 28th in pool and junior Duncan Maxwell, 8-2, is ranked 80th overall and 33rd in the B pool.
The rankings and pairings for the women's individual nationals will be announced soon.
Play gets underway at both Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania on Friday with championship matches slated for Sunday.