Yousry and Cannon advance to consolation semifinals at men's squash individual nationals

Junior Coley Cannon was one of two Bobcats to pick up wins on Friday, March 2, 2018 at CSA individual nationals. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sophomore Mahmoud Yousry defeated his own teammate to advance to the consolation semifinals, highlighting the first day of CSA individual nationals for the Bates men's squash team. 

Yousry (Cairo, Egypt) fell in the Molloy North Round of 16 to George Washington's Mohammad Al-Terki by a count of 3-1 (11-2, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8) to move into the consolation bracket. His teammate, first-year Omar Attia (Cairo, Egypt) also dropped his opening match, falling 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-1) to St. Lawrence's Lenard Puski to set up the showdown between the two Bobcats.

Yousry defeated Attia 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7) to advance to Saturday's consolation semifinals where he will face the University of Pennsylvania's Yash Bhargava. 

Junior Coley Cannon (Greenwich, Conn.) also picked up a win on Friday. Cannon fell to Drexel's Dylan Kachur 3-1 (11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6) in the Molloy West Round of 16 before bouncing back to beat Conn. College's Alex Snape 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-5) in the consolation quarterfinals. Cannon will take on Yale's Yohan Pandole Saturday in the consolation semifinals.

Sophomore Graham Bonnell (Southport, Conn.) dropped his Molloy East Round of 16 match 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-6) to Franklin & Marshall's Sanjay Jeeva before nearly winning his consolation quarterfinal match by rallying from two games down before falling 3-2 (11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3) to Drexel's Nathaniel Fry. Bonnell wraps up his season with an individual record of 9-11.

The Bobcats' pair of captains dropped both their matches on Friday to wrap up their seasons. Senior Anirudh Nambiar (Pune, India) and junior McLeod Abbott (Bronxville, N.Y.) finish their seasons with individual records of 13-6 and 9-10 respectively.