Saints men's squash team member Khalifa in CSA Individual Final for 2nd straight year
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.