Sunday, December 7, 2014

Men lose nail-biter against Rochester


Rochester is always a big match on our calendar. We knew that with their strong freshman class, they would be much tougher than their #5 ranking.

Rochester took the lead after their #3 Neil Cordell beat Dylan Murray in three. The Crimson bounced back quickly though with Sam Goldberg at #9 and Devin McLaughlin at #6 winning their matches 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. 

Bradley Smith won the first game at #2 but eventually lost in four. Mandela Patrick at #8 wasn't able to get a game off of his opponent but at the same time, Matt Roberts at #5 played one of the best matches of his college career: Roberts came back from 0-1 down to win in four and leveled the overall score at 3-3.

Madhav Dhingra at #1 didn't have his best day and his talented opponent won fairly comfortably in three. That gave Rochester a 4-3 lead and meant that Harvard needed to win both of the remaining matches. After Tyler Olson at #7 finished off his solid weekend with a close 3-1 win, it was all up to Bryan Koh at #4. Koh struggled at the beginning as his opponent was controlling the middle very well. Koh went down 0-2 but came back strong in the third. After winning the third, he even had a couple of game balls in the fourth but his opponent stayed in it and eventually won 13-11 and clinched the match.

Full results:

The coaches think that the team played a lot better than yesterday against St. Lawrence. Many of the players made necessary adjustments and were able to overcome difficult circumstances successfully. Considering that we're still missing a few players due to injuries, we think that the weekend was a solid one and serves as good preparation for the rest of the season.

While the men were on the road this weekend, the women's team and the men's JV team were playing scrimmages at Harvard. The women also played one official match against Boston College today and won comfortably 9-0. The round robin at home was a great experience for players down the ladders as they don't get many chances to play other schools. 

The players are now focusing on their final exams. The season continues in January with matches against Princeton, Penn and F&M before our international trip to the Cayman Islands. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Amanda clinches historic decider at the World Teams


Amanda Sobhy '15 beat world #6, Camille Serme, and secured Team USA's win against France in the 5/6 playoff at the World Team Championship in Canada today. This is the best ever finish for the US Women's team at this level. 

Harvard Squash is extremely proud of Amanda and the rest of the team. Congratulations! 

Read more about the match and access the video replays here:

Men lose against St. Lawrence


Despite a good fight, our men's team lost 2-7 against St. Lawrence today. Freshman Bradley Smith at #2 and senior co-captain Tyler Olson at #7 were the only ones to win their matches. 

St. Lawrence got off to a great start by winning all three first round matches. Devin McLaughlin at #6 was up 2-1 but wasn't able to close it and eventually lost the fifth 11-9. Dylan Murray at #3 and Sam Goldberg at #9 both lost in three.

Freshman Mandela Patrick at #8 played well in his first ever varsity match but lost in three close games. Meanwhile, Smith won his match and Olson's victory right after set the match score to 2-4.

Matt Roberts at #5 looked strong in his match at 1-1 but despite a game ball, he lost the third in the tiebreaker and eventually the fourth 11-5. That gave St. Lawrence the fifth win of the match. 

In the last two matches, St. Lawrence's #1 and former national individual champion, Amr Khalifa, didn't allow freshman Madhav Dhingra to get into the match and won in three. Bryan Koh at #4 only found his rhythm occasionally and fell against Ibrahim Khan in five. 

It's a tough loss but some of the matches were much closer than the scores suggest. The team is feeling fairly positive and looking forward to the match against Rochester tomorrow. The match starts at noon. 

You'll be able to follow the match scores on our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/harvardsquash

Full results:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Both teams win against Dartmouth


The squash season has officially started: Our women beat Dartmouth 9-0 last night while the men's team won their match 7-2. While some of you came down to see the matches live, we know that many of you were watching the online stream. Thank you for all the support!

The women didn't drop any games despite playing without their #1 Amanda Sobhy and #2 Haley Mendez. The whole squad was ready for the challenge, including our two freshmen, Alyssa Mehta and Sue Ann Yong, who played their first official varsity matches and walked away with comfortable wins. The women will have tougher matches ahead in January but it was a good kickoff to the season.

The men's team got off to a bit of a rusty start with #9 Peter Janulis and #8 Sachin Patel losing their matches. Dartmouth almost took a 3-0 lead as #6 Tyler Olson was down 9-5 in the fifth game. The senior co-captain fought his way back though and eventually took the fifth 11-9. Olson's win shifted the match momentum and after #7 Sam Goldberg won his match in four, the rest of team didn't drop any games. The match was definitely a wake-up call for the men who will face #2 St. Lawrence and #5 Rochester this coming weekend.

We'll keep you updated on our progress this weekend. While we don't know if there's online streaming at either venue, you can follow the matches live on Twitter (https://twitter.com/harvardsquash).

Match recaps and results on GoCrimson.com:

No. 1 Women’s Squash Makes Quick Work of No. 11 Dartmouth, 9-0
http://gocrimson.com/sports/wsquash/2014-15/releases/20141202q9czs2

No. 1 Men’s Squash Defeats No. 11 Dartmouth, 7-2
http://gocrimson.com/sports/msquash/2014-15/releases/20141202z6zqtq

What else has been going on?

Amanda Sobhy '15 didn't play against Dartmouth because she is representing Team USA at the Women's World Team Championship. USA secured their place in the quarterfinals yesterday with a 3-0 win over Canada.

http://www.ussquash.com/team-usa-beats-canada/

-------------

GoCrimson.com published the season preview videos last week. Click on the links below to hear Head Coach Mike Way's thoughts about the teams and the season:

Women's preview
http://gocrimson.com/sports/wsquash/2014-15/videos/20141124-3pac75nm

Men's preview
http://gocrimson.com/sports/msquash/2014-15/videos/20141124-xo094avb

Upcoming matches:

Dec 6
Men vs. St. Lawrence @ St. Lawrence - 12pm

Dec 7
Men vs. Rochester @ Rochester - 12pm

While the men's team is on the road this coming weekend, the women’s team and the men’s JV team will not be traveling. They will play other teams at Harvard. If you're in the area, here's the match schedule:

Dec 6
JV Men vs. Brandeis - 12pm (scrimmage)
JV Men vs. Univ. of Toronto - 2pm (scrimmage)
Women vs. Brown - 4pm (scrimmage)

Dec 7
JV Men vs. Northeastern - 1pm (scrimmage)
Women vs. Wellesley - 1pm (scrimmage)
JV Men vs. Boston College - 2:30pm (scrimmage)
Women vs. Boston College - 2:30pm (official)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ivy Scrimmages


The Ivies kicked off their seasons this weekend at the annual Ivy Scrimmages at Yale. While the results of the tournament don't count towards the official rankings, it's a great way to start the season and see how we match up against other teams.

Both of our teams were suffering from minor injuries so the coaches decided to rest the injured players. Our women played without Amanda Sobhy '15, Haley Mendez '15 and Dileas MacGowan '17 while the men were resting David Ryan '18 and Seif Abou Eleinen '18. 

Despite the injuries, both of our teams played very well. The women lost against Princeton in the semis 4-5 but beat Yale in the 3/4 playoff 7-2. UPenn ended up beating Princeton in the final 5-4. Naturally, the women are quite happy with the weekend as they were able to compete against the top teams even without 3 of their Top 9 players. Our men beat Brown and UPenn on the way to the final but weren't able to win against Yale. The Bulldogs won the final 6-3. 

There were some great individual performances and the coaches were particularly impressed by the maturity our freshmen showed in their matches. There's a lot of work to be done before the big matches in the winter but it's still early in the season. The coming weeks will be filled with practices and challenge matches before Dartmouth (Dec 2), St. Lawrence (Dec 6) and Rochester (Dec 7).

Ivy Scrimmage Results:

Women

Quarter-final
Harvard - Brown 9-0

Semi-final
Harvard - Princeton 4-5

3/4 playoff
Harvard - Yale 7-2

Men

Quarter-final
Harvard - Brown 9-0

Semi-final
Harvard - UPenn 6-3

Final
Harvard - Yale 3-6

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall update


The summer has passed and our student-athletes have been back on campus for a couple of months now. The official practices started last week and we're all looking forward to the new season.

Harvard Squash Class of 2018

We’re very excited to welcome our new freshmen to Harvard. The Class of ’18 will add a lot of talent and diversity to our already strong teams. Our women’s team didn’t lose anyone in the Top 9 last year and we have two strong additions this year: Alyssa Mehta from Canada and Sue Ann Yong from Malaysia. 

On the men’s side, the team looks to be a lot deeper this season. Our four freshmen will furthermore add an international flair to the squad: Bradley Smith comes to Harvard from England, David Ryan from Ireland, Madhav Dhingra from India and Seif Abou Eleinen from Egypt.

For more information about our freshmen and upperclassmen, please visit GoCrimson.com through the links below:

Women’s 2014 / 15 roster:

Men’s 2014 / 15 roster:

Teams fundraising for the Cayman trip

Both of our teams are travelling to the Cayman Islands in January for their international trip. The trip will take place in the middle of our season so despite the occasional visit to the beach, it will be an intense training week. We will be hosted by Mark Chaloner, who is the Head Pro in Cayman and a former Top 10 professional from England.

In order to raise funds for the trip, our teams are offering squash clinics for both undergraduate and graduate students on campus during the fall season. If any of the local alumni are interested in attending a clinic, please contact the coaches.

During the planning stages of the international trip, one of the options was to travel to England (Oxford and Cambridge) but that won’t happen this season. However, Oxford’s squash team will actually be coming to the US in January and will play an exhibition against Harvard. The match is scheduled for January 6th at 5pm at the Murr Center. 

A push for transparency in College Squash

Harvard will be the first team in the history of college squash to publish all of their challenge match results online this season. Through this, we want to add transparency to the formation of team ladders and to college squash as a whole. While this is being done on a voluntary basis, the CSA and a lot of coaches have been supportive and we’re hoping that many teams will follow. You will be able to see our challenge results through the link below:


What else has been going on?

New team captains were chosen by both of our squads in the spring: Haley Mendez ’15 continues as the women’s co-captain together with newly elected Megan Murray ’15. The men’s team will be lead by two seniors captains, Tyler Olson ’15 and Sachin Patel ’15. 

----------

Friends Co-Chair, Hope Prockop ’90, reached the W45+ quarter-finals at the World Masters in Hong Kong in July. Hope had a tough draw and had to face former world No. 1, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, in the quarters. In the end, Fitz-Gerald proved to be stronger in three close games and went on to win the World title. Congratulations to Hope for making the Top 8!

----------

Amanda Sobhy ’15 reached her highest career ranking in September after reaching the semi-finals of two WSA World series tournaments back to back in Malaysia and in Hong Kong. Amanda was featured in the New York Times earlier this month.


----------

Cass R. Sunstein ‘75 wrote a great article in the Bloomberg View about his recent experience with professional squash and what differentiates professional athletes from everyone else. You can read the article here:


----------

Squash Magazine has listed the Top 50 most intriguing, interesting and influential people in US squash. Four Harvard Squash members made the list. You can read more about Amanda Sobhy ’15, Tim Wyant ‘00, Ivy Pochoda ’98 and Jay Nelson ’62 in the October issue of Squash Magazine.

Upcoming matches:

Nov 8-9
Ivy Scrimmages @ Yale

Dec 2
Men and Women vs. Dartmouth @ Harvard

Dec 6 *
Men vs. St. Lawrence @ St. Lawrence

Dec 7 *
Men vs. Rochester @ Rochester

* During the Dec 6-7 weekend, the women’s team and the men’s JV team will not be travelling and will play local teams at Harvard. For the full schedule, see http://www.gocrimson.com

Follow us:

To stay updated with Harvard Squash, please follow us on social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram
@harvardsquash

Friday, July 25, 2014

NYC Alumni hit-around


The annual Harvard Squash hit-around will be at the Harvard Club (NYC) on Thursday, August 7th at 7pm. The plan is to play squash until 8:30pm and then grab drinks after (either at the H-Club or down the street - TBD). Please pass the info on to anyone who might be interested in attending. Alumni and current players are welcome.

Please RSVP to Richard Chin (richard@hcny.com) and Tim Wyant (tim.wyant@nationalurbansquash.org) to let them know if you plan to come, and if you plan to play squash (7pm or 7:45pm) or just meet up for drinks after.

Event Committee:

Dave Barry
Brooke Herlihy Cooper
Richard Chin
Diana & Joe Dowling
Audrey Duboc Chastain-Chapman
Reed Endresen
Asher Hochberg
Blair Metrailler
Jason Michas
Jay Nelson
Charlene Neo 
Ned Reeves
Oliver Weisberg
Tim Wyant