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Cheong Advances to Day Two of CSA Individual Championships

Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. —Three Bulldogs competed Friday at the College Squash Association Individual Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., but at the end of the day, only one remained in contention. Freshman Kah Wah Cheong has advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket and will face Trinity's Juan Vargas Saturday.  

The Yale contingent, up against some of the strongest players in the tournament, had a tough start to the day, with Cheong, sophomore Sam Fenwick and senior Neil Martin all going down in the first round. Fenwick, who reached the quarterfinals in last year's CSA Individual Championships, lost in three games to Trinity's No. 1, Miled Zarazua. Martin faced similar struggles against Columbia's No. 2, Rishi Tandon, falling 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.  

Cheong, who took on Rochester's Mario Yanez, had the closest match of the day, forcing his opponent to a full five games but eventually losing 11-9, 11-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6. Cheong reached the quarterfinals of the consolation round with a four-game win over Harvard's Nigel Koh.  

The Yale freshman will play again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  

For a full bracket, please click here. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity