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Trinity's Ismail Wins Third Consecutive Molloy Bracket Title At CSA National Singles Championships

Trinity's Ismail Wins Third Consecutive Molloy Bracket Title At CSA National Singles Championships

Hanover, N.H. - Senior co-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia) defeated Ricardo Lopez, of Rochester, 12-10, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6 in the finals of the Molloy East Bracket in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Singles Championships this afternoon at Dartmouth College.  Ismail wins a Molloy bracket tournament for the third year in a row and closes his outstanding career with a College-record 80 wins and just 12 losses.  The CSA National Singles Championships consists of five 16-player tournaments, the Pool Trophy "A" bracket and four "B" Molloy brackets.

In the Pool Trophy tourney this weekend, Trinity sophomore Thoboki Mohohlo (Hartford, Conn.) won, 3-0, over Drexel's Omar El Atmas in the opening round on Friday and, 3-1, over Ryosei Kobayashi in the quarterfinals early Saturday.  Mohohlo came back from a 11-8 loss in the first game against Kobayashi to win the next three, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9, to advance to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon.  Mohohlo and Columbia's Omar Khalifa split the first two games of the semifinals with Khalifa taking the opening game and Mohohlo winning the second, 11-9.  Khalifa handed Mohohlo his first defeat of the 2016-17 season with an 11-4 win in the third game and a match-clinching 13-11 victory in the fourth.

In other Molloy bracket action this weekend, Bantam junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan), and sophomore Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) each advanced into a quarterfinals. Allaudin won, 3-0, over Yale's Tripp Kaelin in his quarterfinals but lost by the same score to Rochester's Tomotaka Endo in the semifinal round.  De Mulder dropped a 3-1 decision to Princeton's Shehab Thabet in his quarterfinals.  Ismail had beaten Middlebury's Jacob Kagan, 3-0, Williams' Jamie Ruggiero, 3-0, and Cornell's Harry Freeman, in a thrilling five-setter that included a 13-11 trumph in game five on Saturday to advance to today's finals.