STAMFORD, CT. -After completing an impressive 2015-16 campaign, the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team sent six players to the CSA Individual Championships. There are five levels to the championships that determine final individual rankings and Penn was well represented throughout each level.
The most successful Quaker over the weekend was Hayes Murphy who won the Molloy D Division by taking all four matches he played in, including a 2-0 comeback win in the final. Murphy lost the first two matches 11-9 and 11-5 before bouncing back to win the next three games. He needed 12 points to win the third game before dominating the final two.
The highest overall finish of the weekend belonged to Marwan Mahmoud who competed in the top flight. Mahmoud lost his first match was competing as the No. 15 seed. Mahmoud helped lead the charge against Columbia by winning a five-game match over No. 6 Individual seed Osama Khalifa.
Derek Hsue and Anders Larson both played in the A Division, but could not make it out of the round of 16. Hsue forced five games and led 2-1, but could not find a way to win the crucial third game, while Larson fell in three straight.
Karim Hussein made his way to the B Division semifinals before losing in five games to the eventual champion. Hussein won two matches in quick fashion before he was outmatched.
Finally, James Watson won a match in the C Division before dropping his final 2015-16 competion. Watson won his first match in three games.