Trinity's El Defrawy Crowned As National Women's Squash Singles Champion

El Defrawy completed an impressive run through the College Squash Association National Women's Squash Singles Championship

Stamford, Conn., Mar 06, 2016 – Senior co-captain Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) completed an impressive run through the College Squash Association (CSA) National Women's Squash Singles Championship Ramsey Division Tournament with a 3-1 win over Reeham Sedky, of Pennsylvania, in the finals this afternoon at Chelsea Piers.  El Defrawy, the CSA National Singles Runner-Up in each of her first three collegiate seasons, had posted 3-0 victories in the first three rounds of this year's Ramsey Tournament on Friday and Saturday to advance to the finals.

Kanzy El Defrawy and Coach Wendy Bartlett
Sedky built up a lead in the first game, but El Defrawy battled back to tie the game at 11-all. A no-let call put Sedky at game ball. El Defrawy dove to recover a shot, but it wasn’t enough. Sedky won the first game 13-11.  In the second game, Sedky again built up a small lead. El Defrawy tied the score at 5-all, then broke a string. After two no-let calls in a row, Sedky led, 7-5. El Defrawy hit the nick to tie the game 7-all. She won the next four points, unanswered, and dove on a long point to win the game 11-7, tying the game score at 1-all.  El Defrawy opened with an ace on her serve and went out to a 4-0 lead in game three. Sedky tinned a shot and then another for El Defrawy to go up 6-0. El Defrawy tinned a shot of her own for Sedky to finally get on the board, but El Defrawy powered ahead to win the game, 11-3.

In game four, El Defrawy went out to a 3-0 lead but Sedky closed the gap to 4-3. A stroke to El Defrawy brought the score to 5-3, but the Bantam captain broke another string and had to hunt for another racquet, having gone through her spares. She was able to borrow one from a teammate and promptly increwased her advantage to 8-4.  The teams traded points before a tin from Sedky brought El Defrawy to match ball. The next point was El Defrawy’s, and with the 11-7 win in the fourth, she was the 2016 individual champion!

El Defrawy had disposed of Drexel's Hayley Hughes, Penn's Yan Xin Tan, and Harvard's Kayley Leonard to earn the right to face Sedky.  On Friday, Trinity sophomore Raneem Sharaf (Giza, Egypt) lost in the opening round of the Ramsey bracket, 3-1, to Xin Tan.  Sharaf won the first game, 11-2, but Tan took the last three, 11-3, 11-3, 11-7.   El Defrawy had lost to 2015 Harvard graduate Amanda Sobhy in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Ramsey Tournament finals. The Ramsey bracket features the top-16 players in the nation.

In the four Holleran Division tournaments today, Trinity first-year Jennifer Haley (Caldicot, Wales) downed Columbia's Madlen O'Connor in one bracket finals, 3-1, while junior Anna Kimberley (Colchester, England) fell, 3-2, to George Washington's Breanne Flynn in another bracket finals.  Haley and Kimberley had each won three times in a row on Friday and Saturday to reach today's finals, while senior co-captain Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) had advanced to a quarterfinal match with a win on Friday.  Haley automatically collects All-American Second Team recognition with her win.  The Holleran brackets are four 16-player tournaments featuring players ranked among the top 100 nationally.

Trinity's Amina Helal won the Ramsay Cup in 2002 and 2003, while former Bantam Nour Bhagat won the Ramsay Cup in 2009.  The Bantams, coached by Wendy Bartlett (32nd Season), finished the 2015-16 season with a 13-5 record, and also placed third in the CSA National Team Championships (Howe Cup) at Yale last weekend.  The Bantams won their 10th straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown earlier this month.