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Samy Named NESCAC Women’s Squash Co-Player of the Week

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


HADLEY, Mass. – Junior Laila Samy of the 23rd-ranked Wesleyan University women's squash team was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week for her stellar performance this past weekend.

The Cairo, Egypt native continues to excel for the Cardinals as she went 3-0 last week in the No. 1 position at the Pioneer Valley Invitational. The junior swept each opponent she faced as she defeated Brandy Williamson of No. 29 Mount Holyoke (11-5, 11-6, 12-10), Devin Mullaney of No. 25 Colby (11-7, 11-4, 11-4) and Lillie Simourian of No. 26 Hamilton (11-0, 11-6, 11-6). Wesleyan's 6-3 win over Hamilton was its first against the Continentals since the 1998-99 season.

The week before, Samy helped guide the Cardinals to wins over then-No. 18 Bowdoin (5-4) and then-No. 26 Colby (5-4) with 3-0 sweeps from the top of the lineup. Against the Polar Bears, she defeated Sarah Nelson 11-8, 11-1, 11-4, and followed up with wins of 11-2, 11-3, 11-8 against Madiha Molani of Colby.

Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, Jan. 28 for the Little Three Championships at Amherst. The Cardinals are scheduled to play Amherst at 10 a.m. and Williams at 1 p.m.