PHILADELPHIA - On Sunday, March 2, Colette Sultana capped an impressive performance in her first trip to the College Squash Association Individual National Championships with a runner-up finish in the consolation bracket of the Holleran Cup. The first-year won four matches in two days to take home the runner-up hardware in the second round consolation bracket.
Sultana began her run on the morning of Saturday, March 1 with a three-game bittersweet win over teammate Catherine Jenkins, 13-11, 11-9, 11-5. She returned later that afternoon to battle for a tough win the consolation quarterfinals. Sultana took Drexel’s Damindhi Udangawa to five games to advance with the victory, 6-11, 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-9. To move on to the finals, Sultana took care of business on Sunday morning in the semifinals, defeating Mount Holyoke’s Randima Ranaweera, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.
On Sunday afternoon, the Malta native faced off in a tough battle against Princeton’s Tara Harrington in the finals. After dropping the first game, 12-10, Sultana fired back with two straight 11-8 wins to take the lead, 2-1, through three games. However, Harrington would rattle off a pair of wins of her own in the final two games to take the match, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9.
Maya Patel also posted a win in the consolation brackets of the champions for the Lions. Patel put together a solid victory in her early match on Saturday taking down Mt. Holyoke’s Sherouk Khefagy, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7. The first-year would later fall in her second match of the day to eventual consolation bracket winner Harrington in three games.