Saints men's squash team members Khalifa, Bayoumy in Pool Quarters at Individiual Nationals
Defending national champion Amr Khalifa and St. Lawrence University freshman Moustafa Bayoumy each advanced to the quarterfinals in the Pool Division and several other Saints progressed through the Malloy Division as the College Squash Association Individual Nationals got underway in Philadelphia on Friday.
In the Pool Division for players ranked first through 32nd, second seed Khalifa beat Pedro Almeida of Franklin and Marshall 11-2, 11-1, 11-5 in his opening match and played Rochester's Ryosei Kobayashi in the round of 16. Bayoumy, seeded fourth, advanced to the round of 16 with a 11-2, 11-4, 11-7 win over Karm Kumar of Rochester and met 13th-seeded Karan Malik of Trinity College in the round of 16.Khalifa won his match with Kobayashi 11-1, 11-7, 11-4 while Bayoumy was a 11-1, 11-5, 11-7 winner over Malik. Khalifa has lost only once this season while Bayoumy remains unbeaten.
Chris Fernandez and Anderson Good won opening round matches, Ibriham Khan and Sebastian Reidelsheimer had first round byes and Vir Seth lost in a tight battle in the round of 64 in the Molloy Cup on Friday.
Khan came from two games down to win his match in the round of 32 and advanced to Saturday's round of 16 with a 5-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 win over Aditya Advanti of Tufts.
Fernandez beat William Michelle 11-7, 11-10, 11-2 in his opening match and played Andres de Frutos of George Washington in the round of 32, winning 3-2. The Saint junior was down 2-1 after de Frutos sandwiched a 11-6 loss with 11-9 wins, but Fernandez battled back to tie with a 12-10 win in game four and closed it out 11-9. He will play Rahil Fazelbhoy of Penn in the round of 16 Saturday morning.
Good turned back Nicholas Kourides of Georgetown 11-1, 11-1, 11-4 in the opening round and played Michael Mutscheller of Penn in the round of 32, advancing with a 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 win.
Seth, who had a first round bye, lost to Fazelbhoy of Penn 3-2 in the round of 32, battling back from two down after 13-11 and 11-2 losses to tie the match with 11-6 and 11-8 wins. Fazelbhoy won the decisive fifth game 11-9.
Reidelsheimer played Ben Leizman in the round of 32 and lost a tight 3-2 match, winning game one 11-6, losing 12-10 and 11-9, winning 11-7 and dropping the fifth game 11-8.