Comeback powers men's squash to semifinal victory.
After an impressive regular season campaign, squash came within two matches of its first national championship since 1998.
Ali Farag had his first collegiate loss against Princeton in a year in which the team came just short of a title against Trinity, losing 6-3.
Junior Ali Farag entered the CSA Individual National Championships looking to defend his 2012 title. But a semi-final matchup with fellow Egyptian St. Lawrence’s Amr Khaled Khalifa went to five sets, with Khalifa unseating Farag and advancing to the finals where he claimed the title as his own.
For the fourth year in a row, the national championship went to a competitor in his first season at the collegiate level.
But Power rose to the occasion for Harvard, rallying to win the final three sets, and catapult his team into the tournament finals.
In Harvard’s first appearance in the final round of the Potter Cup since its second place finish in 2004-2005, the Crimson couldn’t hold on against an undefeated Bantams squad. Trinity won its 14th championship in 15 years, after being unseated last year for the first time in 13 years by Princeton.
It’s always intense when a Crimson squad pays a visit to New Haven. The rivalry is a particularly central one in squash, as the two schools have combined to win 41 of the 68 national championships in the collegiate history of the sport.
The stakes were high across the river at the Murr Center, as Harvard men’s squash took on Yale (11-3, 5-2 Ivy) with an Ivy League title on the line. The Crimson (15-2, 6-1) and its chief rival were tied at the top of the Ivy League at 5-1 in conference play going into their first match since ‘Nemo’ disrupted both squads’ schedules.
Junior No. 1 Ali Farag was one of the four members of the Crimson squad who won his individual matchup in the Crimson’s 5-4 loss to No. 1 Trinity. Farag defeated Trinity’s No. 1, Reinhold Hergeth, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5.