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Wesleyan Squash Prepares for CSA National Team Championships

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's and women's squash teams will compete at the 2016 College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships this weekend at Yale University. Both teams will begin competition today, as the three-day tournament will come to a conclusion on Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 19 in the latest CSA rankings, and boast a 12-5 overall dual-match record. They have won four straight as they enter the postseason tournament, en route to earning a berth in the Summers Cup (C Division). Wesleyan will face Little Three rival and No. 19 Amherst College in the first round beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Amherst is 6-8 overall and is just 2-5 in its last seven matchups. The two rivals met once this season, as the Cardinals edged Amherst 5-4 on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Wesleyan has five players who have recorded nine wins this season, and are led by Guy Davidson '16 at the top of the lineup. The senior, playing from the No. 1 position, is 9-3 overall this year. Classmate Raheem Logan plays from the No. 2 position and is 9-6. The duo looks to be paired up against Noah Browne and Harith Khawaja. Browne is 9-1 from the No. 1 position, while Khawaja sits at 4-7 from the No. 2 spot.

Wesleyan is ranked No. 26 in the country with a 6-12 overall dual-match record, and will play in the Epps Cup (D Division). The Cardinals earned a matchup against No. 31 Vassar College in the first round, as the teams meet for the second time this season beginning at 5 p.m. today. The two non-conference foes met recently, Feb. 13, as Wesleyan cruised to a commanding 9-0 win at home. The Cardinals are 2-2 in their last four matches, while the Brewers sit at 6-7 overall and have lost two straight.

The Cardinals are led by their sensational sophomore, Laila Samy, who boasts an incredible 14-0 mark playing from the No. 1 position. She is projected to play against Hannah Nice, who also has an impressive record from the No. 1 spot and is 8-2 overall. Last week, Samy cruised to a 3-0 win over Nice with scores of 11-3, 11-0, 11-7. Wesleyan will also look for strong performances from freshman Ali Imperiale and Ale Lampietti in the No. 6 and No. 8 positions, respectively. Imperiale is 7-7 this season, while Lampietti is 6-8 overall.