By Ben Shapiro
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Laila Samy's Wesleyan squash career came to a close this weekend at the CSA Individual Championships in Washington, D.C., where the senior was eliminated from the Ramsay Division Main Draw and Consolation with a pair of losses on Friday.
In the Main Draw Round of 16, Samy faced Melissa Alves from Penn. The Quaker dealt Samy only her second loss of the year, and her first since October at the Price-Bullington Invitational. Alves was victorious in three games, taking the match 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The loss moved Samy into the consolation bracket, where she met Min Jie Teh of Trinity later in the day. Though Samy won the first game, it was Teh that would win the next three to advance 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 14-12, eliminating the Wesleyan senior and the only woman representing the Cardinals at the national championship event.
Samy concludes her career as an all-time great for Wesleyan squash and one of the most transformative players in program history. She finishes with an 80-1 regular season record and will have the distinction of being a four-time All-American. Additionally, the senior finishes her career having just received both NESCAC Player of the Year honors as well as the Betty Richey Award, which, according to the College Squash Association, "is given annually to the women's college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership."