PHILADELPHIA - Following its best season since 2007, the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team had two players selected as first-team All-Ivy. Marwan Mahmoud and Hayes Murphy were both named in the Ivy League's top 10 players.
For the second year in a row, Penn's top player Mahmoud has earned first-team All-Ivy honors following a 5-6 overall and 4-3 season in the Ivy League. Mahmoud missed the beginning of the season due to illness, but bounced back to help the Quakers to a fifth-place finish in the CSA Team Championships.
Mahmoud got off to a slow start, losing his first three matches, but bounced back to win four of his next five matches and help the Quakers to the fifth-seed in the National Championship bracket.
The Egyptian's best moment of the season came during those championships, when he defeated one of the top players in the country, Columbia's Osama Khalifa 3-2. Mahmoud won the decisive game 17-15 and clinched the match for the Quakers.
This is Murphy's first All-Ivy selection. Murphy went 9-8 while competing in the No. 2 spot for most of the season for the Quakers and was monumental in their breakout year.
The sophomore's 3-0 win over Tomotaka Endo of Rochester during Penn's upset of the YellowJackets was one for the ages. Murphy gutted out a 21-19 win in the first game, and won the third 18-16, setting the tone for the the Quakers 6-3 win.
Murphy also helped the Quakers defeat Harvard for just the third time in program history in the CSA Team Championships and the first time since 1979. The native of Greenwich, Conn. defeated Bradley Smith in four games to allow the Quakers to run away with a 7-2 victory.
The men's team went 11-6 this season and had it's highest finish since 2007.