Thursday, January 28, 2016

Teams heading to Trinity

The Harvard Squash teams are about to jump on the bus and drive to Hartford, CT, to play against Trinity this afternoon. As always, an away match at Trinity is expected to be very tough. 

Trinity men are unbeaten so far but had a close 5-4 match against Rochester last Sunday - a day after our men’s team lost against Rochester 5-4 (match recap and results below).

On the women’s side, Trinity has lost to both Stanford and UPenn while our women beat both of them. Having said that, today’s match will be a difficult one and could go either way. 

Live streaming for at least some courts will be available here:
http://www.nsnsports.net/trinity/. 

Harvard vs. Rochester

Match Recap on GoCrimson.com: 
http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/msquash/2015-16/releases/20160123p4iy1f

Full results on USSquash.com:
http://modules.ussquash.com/ssm/pages/leagues/list_scorecard.asp?id=82464

Upcoming Matches:

Jan 28th, 4pm
Harvard (M & W) vs. Trinity @ Trinity

Feb 6th, 12pm
Harvard (M & W) vs. Columbia @ Columbia

Feb 7th, 11am
Harvard (M & W) vs. Cornell @ Cornell

Go Crimson!

Friday, January 22, 2016

St. Lawrence & This Weekend

After losing a close match against St. Lawrence on Monday, our men’s team is getting ready to face Rochester tomorrow (Saturday). If you can’t make it to the Murr Center, you can watch the match live on http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/. The match starts at noon.

The second match of the weekend against F & M has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm. 

While the men suffered their second loss of the season against St. Lawrence, our women’s team beat the Saints 9-0 and are still unbeaten. Read more about the St. Lawrence matches on GoCrimson.com:

Men’s Recap

Women’s Recap

Upcoming matches:

Jan 23rd, 12pm
Harvard (M) vs. Rochester @ Harvard

Jan 28th, 4pm
Harvard (M & W) vs. Trinity @ Trinity

Feb 6th, 12pm
Harvard (M & W) vs. Columbia @ Columbia

Feb 7th, 11am
Harvard (M & W) vs. Cornell @ Cornell

Go Crimson!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

UPenn, Princeton & TOC

Both teams win against UPenn and Princeton

The Harvard squash teams played their first matches of the year this past weekend and brought home critical wins against both UPenn and Princeton. 

After losing against Dartmouth in December, our men’s team bounced back and beat UPenn 6-3 before winning against Princeton 9-0. Our women recorded the same scores against both teams. The women’s win against UPenn was particularly significant as UPenn beat Harvard last season and won the Ivy title. 

For match recaps and full results, click on the links at the bottom of this e-mail.

Sobhy beats world #2 at the TOC - playing in the quarterfinal tomorrow

Amanda Sobhy '15 took one of the biggest wins of her career against world #2, Raneem El Welily, at the Tournament of Champions in NYC yesterday. Amanda will play against Alison Waters in the quarterfinal tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2:30pm. 

Our teams will be at Grand Central Station supporting Amanda so if you’re in the area, stop by to say hi and watch the match. Tickets for sidewall seats cost $10. And as a reminder: We have an alumni hit-around and get-together at the Harvard Club of New York later that night. The event starts at 7pm. 

The college season continues next week with matches against St. Lawrence (Jan 18th), Rochester (Jan 23rd) and F&M (Jan 24th). 

Hope to see you in NYC or at one of the upcoming matches. Go Crimson!

Match recaps on GoCrimson.com:


Full Results on USSquash.com:

Harvard vs. UPenn (MEN)

Harvard vs. UPenn (WOMEN)

Harvard vs. Princeton (MEN)

Harvard vs. Princeton (WOMEN)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays from Harvard Squash!

While our players have finished their final exams and are off for winter break, here's a quick update on:

- The final weeks of the fall season
- Changes on the Friends Board
- Our Boston and NYC events in January
- Ordering A History of Harvard Squash book

Men’s team upset by Dartmouth, women remain #1

Our women's team took a comfortable 9-0 win against Dartmouth at the start of December. The women's record is now 2-0 and they are ranked #1 in the nation.

Meanwhile, our men lost their match 5-4 against the Big Green. Although we were missing 2 of our top 9 players, Dartmouth proved to be a very strong and well-trained team that truly deserved the win. Our men's team was obviously disappointed by the result but we still believe that a shared Ivy title is within reach this season. More info on the upcoming matches against UPenn and Princeton below.

Harvard Women vs. Dartmouth Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Dartmouth Men 4-5

Blair Metrailler '00 and Jason Michas '13 to lead the Friends Group

As you probably know, longtime co-chairs, Hope Prockop '90 and Bill Kaplan '77, have decided to turn the leadership of the Friends group over to Blair Metrailler '00 and Jason Michas '13. Hope and Bill have done a tremendous job in the recent years. They have been an essential part of the board and have volunteered their time and energy to making our Friends group one of the best ones in the country. We thank Hope and Bill for everything that they’ve done. 

We would also like to thank Reed Endresen ’11 for his work on the board as a co-chair. Reed will also be stepping down but he will stay closely involved with our NYC events and alumni.

The coaches fully trust Blair and Jason and look forward to working with them. We are also excited to welcome Libby Welch ’95 and Tim Wyant ’00 as honorary chairs to help and support our two co-chairs. 

Save the Dates in January

> Penn & Princeton at Harvard - Jan 9-10th

We are hosting Penn and Princeton at home this year and both of the matches are key in deciding the Ivy title. The matches take place on January 9th and 10th at the Murr Center. Before the Princeton match on Sunday, we will be thanking our former co-chairs as well as acknowledging Rene Mendez & Leslie Henshaw ’P15, ‘P17 for their extremely generous gift of $100,000 to our program. Athletic Director, Bob Scalise, will be speaking before the men’s Princeton match on Sunday (Jan 10th) at noon.

Jan 9th
Harvard vs. Penn (men at noon, women at 2:30pm)

Jan 10th
Harvard vs. Princeton (men at noon, women at 2:30pm)

> Tournament of Champions & Hit-Around in NYC - Jan 12

Most of our players will travel to New York to watch the Tournament of Champions this year. Our women will be watching matches at the center court on January 12th starting at 1:30pm. Come and say hi if you're around!

If you can't make it to Grand Central that early, you can join both the women's and men's teams later that evening at the Harvard Club: We are organizing an alumni hit-around and get-together that starts at 7pm.

Please join us in January!

A History of Harvard Squash by Rob Dinerman

If you haven’t ordered our history book yet, you can find more information on our blog: http://harvardsquash.blogspot.fi/2015/10/a-history-of-harvard-squash-1922-2010.html. 

And if you're looking for photos from our October celebration, you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/Harvard-Squash-385174613824/photos_stream

On behalf of the Harvard Squash programs, we wish you all happy holidays and hope to see you at our matches and events in the new year! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stanford and Ivy Scrimmages

Before we start the holiday weekend, here’s a quick update on the first weeks of our college season:

Women beat Stanford in season opener

Our women played their first official match against Stanford last weekend and took an important 8-1 win. The match was certainly closer than the scoreline suggests; none of the individual matches were one-sided. 

Stanford could actually be one of the top teams this season: They beat #2 ranked Trinity two days after the Harvard match.

Match recap on GoCrimson.com:

Full results:

Both teams reach Ivy Scrimmage finals

Before the official season started, the Ivies gathered at the Ivy Scrimmages at Yale. Both Harvard men and women reached the finals of the tournament. Our men won against Brown (9-0) and UPenn (8-1) while our women beat Brown and Yale without dropping a match to make the final.

In the final, the men's team lost a nail-biter against Yale. The closest match was played at the #8 position: Senior Matt Roberts took an early lead in the fifth game before losing the decider in the tie-breaker. Yale used the momentum and eventually won the match 5-4. 

On the women's side, Harvard lost against a strong UPenn team. The score was 7-2 but many of the matches were very close and could have gone the other way. Additionally, our team was missing Sabrina Sobhy who will most likely play #1 on the ladder. 

Based on the scrimmages, both teams will have to rise to the occasion in order to be in contention for the Ivy titles this year.

Upcoming matches

For the last match before winter break, both teams will travel to New Hampshire to play Dartmouth next Tuesday (Dec 1). 

Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend. 

Go Crimson!

Friday, November 13, 2015

New Season & Ivy Scrimmages

As the college squash season is about to start, we want to update you on what's going on with the Harvard teams. It's going to be another exciting year!

Ivy Scrimmages

Both of our teams start the season at the Ivy Scrimmages at Yale this weekend. While the results don’t count towards the official rankings, teams will get a sense of which programs will be competing for the Ivy titles this year. 

In case you’re traveling to New Haven to watch the matches this weekend, we are attaching the draws and schedule to this e-mail. We will be posting match scores on social media:


Class of 2019

Both of our squads are exceptionally deep this year. While the women graduated a big class in the spring, we’re welcoming 3 strong freshmen to the program: Sabrina Sobhy, Kayley Leonard and Sophie Mehta. All 3 represented their countries at this year’s World Junior Championships (Sobhy and Leonard played for USA, Mehta for Canada) and are expected to play in the top 9. 

The men’s team only lost one top 9 player after last season. Our 3 freshmen (Jack Cooper, Alexi Gosset and Ethan Shoihet) are all top juniors and capable of making the top 9 already this year. 

2015 / 16 Schedule

The teams are excited to get going with the new season. Schedules are posted on GoCrimson.com:


As always, we hope to see many of you at our matches this year. 

Go Crimson!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

“A History of Harvard Squash, 1922-2010” Now Available For Purchase


In the wake of the release of Rob Dinerman’s “A History Of Harvard Squash, 1922-2010” at a Friends of Harvard Squash alumni/ae event this past Saturday evening, we have heard from a substantial number of people inquiring about how they can obtain copies of the book. To order one or more books, please mail a check ($100 per book) made out to Friends of Harvard Squash to the address below:

Friends of Harvard Squash
65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163

Additionally, please send a confirmation email, including mailing address, to me (Hope Nichols Prockop) at hprockop@gmail.com so that I can double-check all book orders. Each book, shipped within the continental US, is $100.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Hope Nichols Prockop '90

Co-Chair, Friends of Harvard Squash

Pictures from the event can be found in our Facebook Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/Harvard-Squash-385174613824/photos_stream (no log-in required)