Providence, R.I. – Amherst men's Squash student-athletes Harith Khawaja '19 and Terrence Wang '21 capped off the Mammoths season with an appearance at the CSA Individual Nationals where Wang claimed a consolation victory after the Mammoths fell in their opening matches in the main draw at the Nicol Squash Club at Moses Brown School over the weekend.
Wang, who impressed the Purple & White for nine wins at number one heading into the weekend, met Columbia's Adham Madi in his opening match. Wang claimed the second set in extras by a score of 14-12 but was held to less than seven points in the remaining three to fall in the round of 16. Wang was able to nab a consolation victory against Fordham's William Douglass when he swept the Ram in the opening three sets 11-9, 11-8, 11-5. In the consolations semifinals, Dickinson's Abdelrahman Elsergany took down Wang by a score of 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 to end the Mammoths chance at repeating as the consolation bracket champion. Wang finalized his sophomore season with 10 wins overall.
All-NESCAC selection Khawaja entered his first match on the weekend in the Molloy East draw facing Patrick McElroy of the University of Virginia. Khawaja came out strong, securing eight points in the first set but McElroy stole the opener 11-8. McElroy advanced to the semifinals when he limited Khawaja to five points in the remaining two sets. Khawaja entered the consolation bracket on a first round bye before battling Hobart's Abdelhafez Mohamed. Khawaja fell behind early after Mohamed took the first two sets 13-11 and 11-8. The Mammoth answered with an 11-8 triumph in the third but was thwarted 11-8 in the fourth to conclude his run in the consolation bracket. Khawaja finalized his career with nine wins on the season for the Mammoths coming from the second and fourth spots.
David Merkel '19 prevailed with a team-high 13 wins on the year at the six and seven spots to lead the Purple & White who finish the 2018-19 season with an 8-10 overall record.