Before its season-opening match against Georgetown Friday, the GW men’s squash team warmed up to Lil Wayne’s “Sky’s the Limit,” an appropriate song for a young team that shut out their opponents and appears poised to have the best season in program history.
“We’re not only stronger than our No. 23 showing at the end of last year, but especially after seeing them today I think we’ll break the top 20, top 18 this year,” head coach Wendy Lawrence said. “Which is far and away the highest GW has ever been.”
Lawrence brought a strong freshman class to GW (1-0) this year, including Omar Sobhy, who is listed by the College Squash Association as one of 14 “Men’s College Squash First-Year Players to Watch.” Sobhy was the seventh-ranked U-19 player in the country and Lawrence said he is the highest recruit that GW has ever had.
“He was really highly sought after by a lot of top schools and we’re happy to say that he came here,” Lawrence said. “He’ll be in the top 20 probably in the individual college rankings as well.”
In addition to Sobhy, freshman Samuel Ehrlich and Player Hanes also made their debuts for GW on Friday. Although Lawrence said she felt that they were a little nervous in their first games, the 22nd-ranked Colonials were still able to beat No. 29 Georgetown without dropping a single game.
“They didn’t drop a game, but you could just tell they were very tense and then they just played like they’ve been playing forever,” Lawrence said. “So I was excited, I think they played very well.”
The Colonials’ season will continue next weekend with four matches in three days in Annapolis, Md., beginning with Denison Friday before facing Vanderbilt and Stanford Saturday and Hobart Sunday.