Samy Named All-American, Two Others Compete at CSA Individual Championships

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

THE BASICS:

Event: CSA Individual Championships
Location: Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth)
Date: Fri.-Sun., March 3-5, 2017
The Lead: Junior Laila Samy of the 21st-ranked Wesleyan University women's squash team, and seniors Chris Hart and David Sneed of the 25th-ranked men's team, competed at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Individual Championships this weekend at Dartmouth College. Samy highlighted the weekend as she won the Consolation Finals in the Ramsay Cup with a 3-1 record in three days en route to her third First Team All-America honor.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Samy, the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year, competed in the women's A draw known as the Ramsay Cup. She finished ninth overall to earn First Team All-America laurels (top-10 overall receive the honor). 
  • In the Round of 16, the junior was edged by All-American and Princeton's No. 1 Olivia Fiechter by scores of 11-6, 13-11, 12-10.
  • With the loss, Samy dropped into the Consolation bracket where she won three straight matches. In the Consolation Quarterfinals, she earned a 3-1 come-from-behind win over George Washington's No. 1, Breanne Flynn (5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-2). Flynn is also the 2017 Richey award winner. 
  • Samy followed that up with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Amelia Henley of Harvard (7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5) to advance to the championship.
  • In the Consolation Finals, Samy played in another five-set thriller after dropping the first set. She rallied to defeat Vanessa Raj of Trinity by scores of 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6.
  • On the men's side, Hart went 1-1 on the weekend in the Molloy Cup North bracket (B Draw). In the Round of 16, he defeated Gabriel Bassil, 3-1 (11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-4). In the Quarterfinals, Hart dropped a three-set match to Michael Thompson of Drexel (11-7, 11-8, 11-4).
  • Sneed competed in the Molloy Cup as well and played in the East bracket. He fell to Jamie Ruggiero of Williams in the Round of 16, 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-13), and lost to Jacob Kagan of Middlebury in the Consolation Quarterfinals, 3-1 (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7).

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