NEW HAVEN, Conn. –Three members of the Yale men's squash team will compete at the College Squash Association Individual Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend. Freshman Kah Wah Cheong, sophomore Sam Fenwick and senior Neil Martin will represent the Bulldog team that took third place at the CSA Team Championships on Feb. 16.
All three Yale players competing in the tournament have been placed in the top bracket, the Pool Division —a 32-man draw of the nation's best players. After a perfect season at No. 5, Cheong will be making his CSA Individual Championships debut, entering the tournament as the nation's No. 25 player. He will play Rochester's Mario Yanez, a fellow freshman and the nation's No. 10 player, in the first round.
Fenwick, who made a splash at last year's championships with a first-round upset over Trinity's No. 1, Reinhold Hergeth, will face another Bantam on Friday. After a breakout season at No. 2, Fenwick has the opportunity to shake things up again as he faces Trinity's No. 1, Miled Zarazua.
Joining Fenwick as a tournament veteran is Martin. The senior, Yale's No. 1 this season, has competed in the CSA Individual Championships the past two years, reaching the quarterfinals of the Molloy Division in 2012. On Friday he will play Rishi Tandon, Columbia's No. 2 and the younger brother of No. 3 seed Ramit Tandon, also of Columbia.
All first-round matches of the Pool Division will be played on Friday, with Fenwick kicking off the action at 11:20 a.m. and Martin and Cheong following at 12:10 p.m. and 1:50 p.m., respectively. The Round of 16 will also be Friday, and subsequent rounds will be played on Saturday and Sunday. A consolation bracket will also be made.
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Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity