Marwan Tarek Set to Compete for Pool Trophy in CSA Individual National Championship

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Marwan Tarek will compete in his first Pool Trophy final after his upset win on Saturday. (Photo/Erica Denhoff)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth straight season, the Harvard Crimson will have a representative in the CSA Individual National Championship. Marwan Tarek advanced to the final round with an upset victory over the second-seeded Miko Äijänen. The sophomore is now scheduled to compete against Penn's Aly Abou El-Einen in the final match of the tournament. 

Tarek exacted revenge on Äijänen, who bested the Egyptian in a match earlier this season. Tarek came out fast, swinging his way to a 11-3 first set win. A 15-13 win in a marathon of a second set put Tarek in a position to sweep. Äijänen fought back, however, and answered with an 11-8 third-set victory. Tarek cut the comeback effort there and dropped the Trinity representative, 11-8, in the final set to clinch the match. 

In the other semifinal matchup, Saadeldin Abouaish fell to Abou El-Einen in straight sets. The loss was the first of the season for the senior. 

In Molloy Cup play, George Crowne defeated Navy's Jonathan Lentz, 3-1, to earn a spot in the East Division final tomorrow afternoon. Crowne will also play against a Penn Quaker when he and Dillon Huang meet on the court tomorrow. 

Pool Trophy Final 
Marwan Tarek vs. Aly Abou El-Einen – 1 p.m. | Court 1 

Molloy Cup – East Final 
George Crowne vs. Dillon Huang – 10 a.m. | Court 1 

Pool Trophy
Marwan Tarek def. Miko Äijänen, 3-1 (11-3, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8) 
Aly Abou El-Einen def. Saadeldin Abouaish, 3-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-8)

Molloy Cup
George Crowne def. Jonathan Lentz, 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10)