Abdel Khalek advances to national quarterfinals
HARTFORD, Conn. — Bates first-year sensation Ahmed Abdel Khalek advanced through two rounds of Pool Division play Friday at the CSA Individual Championships, assuring himself of becoming the second All-American player in Bates men’s squash history.
Now essentially established as one of the top eight players in college squash, Abdel Khalek (Cairo, Egypt), the fifth seed in the field, will face fourth-seeded Robert Tandon of Columbia at 12:30pm Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Seeded fifth in the field, the recently named NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year took on Nigel Koh in the first round and won 11-4, 11-8, 11-4. In the Round of 16 on Friday evening, he met 2012 First Team All-American Guilherme de Melo of Franklin & Marshall for the second time this season, and defeated de Melo again, 11-3, 11-4, 11-8.
Now a national quarterfinalist, Abdel Khalek will likely be named a CSA First Team All-American after the tournament, joining four-time All-American Ricky Weisskopf ’08. Weisskopf, who was named Second Team All-American in his first three seasons at Bates and First Team All-American as a senior in 2008, never made it past the Round of 16 at CSA Individual Nationals.
Bates saw its other top two players at CSA Individual Nationals each go 1-1 on Friday. In Molloy Division (B Draw) play, senior captain Walter Cabot (Dover, Mass.) faced Binura Jayasuriya of Drexel in the opening round and fell 11-9, 11-8, 11-6. Junior Kristian Muldoon (Paget, Bermuda) drew Kyle Ogilvy of St. Lawrence and pushed him to extra points in the opening game before falling 13-11, 11-6, 11-6.
Cabot and Muldoon each moved on to the First Round Consolation Bracket for Friday afternoon matches. Cabot won in four games over Martin Bawden of Hamilton, 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-3, and now faces Matthew Mackin of Trinity in the bracket quarterfinals on Saturday morning. Muldoon also advanced, rolling past Andrew McComas of Haverford, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3. Muldoon next faces Michael LeBlanc of Princeton in Saturday morning’s quarterfinals.