Samy Earns First Team All-America Honors at CSA Individual Championships

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Laila Samy of the Wesleyan University women's squash team excelled at the 2016 College Squash Individual Championships this weekend at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn., as she advanced to the semifinals of the Ramsey Division (Women's A Division) following two upset victories over Division I athletes.

DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

  • In her first match of the championships, Samy upset No. 7 seed Maria Elena Ubin of Princeton in a 3-0 sweep en route to First Team All-America honors.
  • Samy improved to a perfect 18-0 on the season as she defeated Elena Ubin by scores of 11-9, 11-8 and 11-3.
  • With the win, the sophomore advanced to the quarterfinals.

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

  • In the morning, Samy once again upset her opponent as the Cairo, Egypt native defeated the No. 2 seed in the draw and Harvard's No. 1, Sabrina Sobhy.
  • After dropping the first set, 7-11, Samy retaliated with three consecutive victories. She evened the match at 1-1 with an 11-4 win in game two, and advanced with wins of 12-10 and 11-7 in the final two frames.
  • Samy moved into the four-player semifinals following the win.
  • However, Samy's impressive tournament run was cut short later in the day when she dropped her semifinal matchup to Reeham Sedky of the University of Pennsylvania by scores of 11-4, 11-3 and 11-5. It was her first loss of the 2015-16 campaign.

BEYOND THE RESULTS

  • Samy concluded her stellar sophomore season with an incredible 19-1 record as she was named a First Team All-America and First Team All-NESCAC honoree.
  • In 2015-16, the sophomore helped guided Wesleyan to its third Epps Cup (D Division) title in program history.
  • A year ago, Samy was named the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year.