St. Lawrence University sophomore Amr Khalifa will play for his second straight College Squash Association individual national championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday after wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Khalifa beat Rochester's Mario Yanez in the quarterfinals 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 on Saturday and then won his semifinal match with Ramit Tandon of Columbia, the tournament's third seed, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 in the semifinals.
It was nearly an all St. Lawrence final as freshman Moustafa Bayoumy also advanced to the semifinals, but lost to top seed Ali Farag of Harvard 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 for his first collegiate loss in the semis. Bayoumy beat Nick Sachvie of Cornell 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in the quarters.
Farag handed Khalifa his lone collegiate loss in a dual match earlier this season, and the two will play the rematch for the national title.
In the Molloy Division on Saturday, junior Chris Fernandez advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Rahil Fazelbhoy, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9, but lost in the quarters to Blake Remsen, also in five games. Fernandez won the first two games 11-9, 11-9, but Remsen came back for the match 11-5, 11-2, 11-8. Anderson Good also advanced to the Molloy quarters, beating Tyler Odell 11-7, 11-9, 11-0, but lost in the quarters to Rishi Jalen of Cornell 11-8, 13-15, 11-6, 11-5. Ibriham Khan lost in the round of 16 in five games to Michael Thompson in the Saints other Saturday match, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6.