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On Monday, the No. 1 Harvard women’s squash team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 9-0 sweep of No. 13 Franklin and Marshall in a nonconference match in Lancaster, Pa.
On Sunday, the Harvard women’s squash team did something it had not done in almost a year—lose a match.
After not losing a game in over a year, the Harvard men’s squash team (1-2, 1-0 Ivy) fell twice this weekend on the road in New York, falling to No. 2 St. Lawrence Saturday and No. 5 University of Rochester on Sunday. The No. 1 Crimson women (2-0, 1-0 Ivy), meanwhile, cruised at home against Boston College.
The Harvard men's squash team beat Dartmouth, 7-2, while the Crimson women did not concede a single game to the Big Green.
It may not have had the perfect ending, but that may have been the only flaw in the Harvard women’s squash team’s impressive 2013-2014 season.
For the third straight year, Amanda Sobhy cruised through the CSA Individual National Championships on her way to a Ramsay Cup victory. With the triumph, Sobhy became the first player in Harvard history to win the Ramsay Cup three times.
Junior Amanda Sobhy defeated Trinity’s Kanzy El Defrawy in three games for the second consecutive year to capture her third straight national title on the women’s side, while senior Ali Farag avenged last year’s semifinal loss to St. Lawrence’s Amr Khaled Khalifa with a 3-1 win in the men's finals.
The Crimson (14-1, 7-0 Ivy) fell just short in its bid for a third straight national title. Top-seeded Harvard lost to the Bantams, 5-4, in a whirlwind match that saw four contests go to five games and came down to the last match to crown a national champion.
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After a 7-2 win over Yale ensured the Crimson at least a share of the trophy, it was Sunday’s match against 10th-ranked Brown that left Harvard alone at the top of the standings.
The Crimson came away with a close, 5-4 win over second-ranked Trinity College in arguably its toughest match of the year, maintaining its perfect 2013-2014 record.
The Harvard women’s squash team added two more tallies to the win column this weekend, notching victories over Ivy League foes Columbia and Cornell to remain undefeated in both nonconference and Ancient Eight play.
Entering Saturday’s contest at Murr Athletic Center, the Harvard women’s squash team looked to continue its perfect season. The Crimson (7-0, 3-0 Ivy) sat its top four players for the matchup against St. Lawrence (2-6), but despite some fresh faces in the lineup, Harvard still managed to come away with a perfect 9-0 win.
While the other members of the Harvard squash teams took the week off, senior Ali Farag and junior Amanda Sobhy did not take a rest over the weekend. The number one players for the men’s and women’s squash teams, respectively, Farag and Sobhy competed against the world’s best squash players in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.