Trinity Coach Leads U.S. Squash to World Championship Quarterfinals
U.S. Ties Best Tournament Finish in Team History
The U.S. Men's Squash Team, coached by Paul Assaiante, Head Coach of Men's Squash and Tennis at Trinity College, fought to a seventh place finish of 32 competing countries in the Squash World Championships this weekend, falling to Egypt, ranked No. 2 in the world, in the Quarterfinal Round. The U.S., seeded eighth in the world heading in to the final match, had topped Canada to advance the quarterfinal round for the first time since 1983.
The 1983 U.S. team also recorded a seventh place finish in the World Championships, in a pool of 19 competing countries. The 2011 U.S. squad tied the program's best overall finish in its team history, also placing seventh.
"It was a thrill of a lifetime!" exclaimed Coach Assaiante after the event. "I'm so happy to see that U.S. squash is finally on the map."
For more on the quarterfinal qualifying win over Canada, visit: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/?p=5704
For more on the quarterfinal match versus Egypt, visit:
Squash World Championship Quarterfinal Results (Egypt 3, U.S. 0)
Karim Darwish bt Julian Illingworth (11-4, 11-4, 11-2)
Mohamed El Shorbagy bt Christopher Gordon (11-9, 11-8, 11-4)
Hisham Mohamed Ashour bt Todd Harrity (8-11, 11-1, 11-7)