Hartford, Conn. - Trinity first-year Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) took second place overall in the College Squash Association (CSA) Women's National Singles Ramsay "A" Division Finals at the George A. Kellner Center today, while junior tri-captain Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) earned a hard fought win in the second consolation tournament in the same division. El Defrawy fell to top-seeded defending champion Amanda Sobhy of Harvard in the final, 3-0. Palaez topped Harvard's Haley Mendez, 3-2, going extra points in two of the games. The performance by Trinity individuals caps a strong year for the Bantams, who took second overall in the Howe Cup Team National Championship Tournament this year.
El Defrawy dropped her first two matches, 11-5 and 11-4, but fought back in the third game, before eventually falling 12-10. Holding a 10-9 lead in game three, and trying to stretch the match, before Sobhy clinched the title with three straight points. Palaez needed all five games to pull out the victory over Mendez, winning the first game, 12-10, before dropping the next two, 11-5 and 11-3. Pelaez came back strong to pull off a comeback 12-10 win and 11-9 win to beat her opponent in front of a home crowd at Trinity.
Yesterday, El Defrawy bested No. 6-seeded two-time champion Lauren Gemmell, 3-1, in the quarterfinals this afternoon and No. 2-seeded Millie Tomlinson by the same score in the semifinals to advance to the final game today.
On Friday, El Defrawy made quick work of her first two opponents to reach the quarters of the 32-player field, defeating Anna Porras in the first round and Haley Mendez in the second round, both by 3-0 scores. She won her first game in dominant fashion against Gemmell, 11-1, and took the second, 11-6, before suffering a 12-10 defeat in game three. El Defrawy rebounded immediately with an 11-2 drubbing in the clinching fourth game. Against Yale's Tomlinson, whom El Defrawy had beaten to clinch a 5-4 win over the Bulldogs in the regular season and lost against in the CSA National Team Championships (Howe Cup) two weekends ago, El Defrawy took command of a 1-1 match with an 11-9 win in game three and an 11-6 triumph in game four.
Yesterday, Pelaez won twice to reach today's final against Mendez. She had won her first match in the winner's bracket Friday, 3-0, but lost to No. 5-seeded Yan Xin Tan, 3-1, in the second round. In the "B" Holleran Division, Bantam junior Jennifer Pelletier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) defeated Stephanie Vogel, after earning a bye to the second round on Friday, and blanked Lindsay Seginson, 3-0, in the third round before dropping a close 3-1 decision against Madeleine Gill in the quarters. Sophomore Chanel Erasmus (Capetown, South Africa) and first-year Katiria Sanchez (Bronx, N.Y.) each won first-round matches but lost in the second round in the Holleran bracket.