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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.
Top-ranked women's squash avenged both last season's loss and a preseason defeat to Princeton in a 6-3 home victory to maintain its unblemished record.
Harvard's Amanda Sohby, who is ranked No. 1 nationally, remained unbeaten on Sunday and lost only 14 points as the Crimson remained undefeated.
The Harvard women's squash fell behind, 3-0, early, but turned it around in en route to a 6-3 victory over No. 5 Penn. The top-ranked Crimson remains undefeated on the season.
In another impressive display of program dominance, the Harvard women’s squash team defeated 15th-ranked Williams for the 32nd-straight year. Strong performances across the board by the Crimson women led to the group’s fourth straight 9-0 shutout of the year.