Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Coming up: Harvard Squash Reunion Weekend


Mike Way, Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Head Coach for Squash
Reed Endresen '11
Richard Hill '11
Blair Clark-Schoeb '96
Robert Greenhill '91
Hope Prockop '90

Dear squash alumni,

Please join the 2016 Harvard Squash Reunion Committee at the Murr Center on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for an informal hit/visit with Harvard Squash from 10-11:30am.  Spouses, partners and children welcome!

We will have some light refreshments and courts 1-5 reserved for some healthy old and new rivalries. We will have racquets, balls and goggles to lend but please remember to bring your own squash shoes.

Please RSVP to Trevor MacDonald (tmacdonald@fas.harvard.edu) by May 16, 2016.

Reunion is five weeks away. Dust off the backhand and see you soon!

Check out pictures from the 2015 Reunion Weekend here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153641071003825.1073741830.385174613824&type=3

Monday, April 11, 2016

Season Recap and Team Banquet

The Harvard Squash season was officially wrapped up at last week’s team banquet. Senior speeches and great memories were shared with 70+ guests in the Hall of History at the Murr Center. 

Once again, here’s what the teams accomplished this season:

- Women’s CSA Team National Champions
- Women’s Ivy League Champions
- Men’s Ivy League Runners-Up
- 4 CSA All America Honors
- 6 CSA Scholar Athletes
- Women’s Ivy League Player & Rookie of the Year (Sabrina Sobhy)
- 5 First Team All Ivy League Honors
- Women’s Ivy League Coach of the Year (Mike Way)

In addition to the titles above, we want to congratulate all of our seniors and the team award winners (voted by our players):

- Women’s seniors: Izzy Dowling, Michelle Gemmell, Saumya Karki and Allie Sperry
- Men’s seniors: Sam Goldberg, Peter Janulis, Jake Matthews and Matt Roberts
- Women’s Most Valuable Player: Sabrina Sobhy ’19
- Men’s Most Valuable Player: Bryan Koh ’17
- Women’s Most Improved Players: Saumya Karki ’16 and Alyssa Mehta ’18
- Men’s Most Improved Player: Mandela Patrick ’18
- Coaches’ Awards: Women’s co-captains Saumya Karki ’16 and Izzy Dowling ’16

What else has been going on?

- Head Coach Mike Way talked to GoCrimson.com about the past season.

Women’s season recap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXSL6QwSjpc
Men’s season recap video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N39O234Et3A


- Seniors Izzy Dowling and Sam Goldberg were interviewed by GoCrimson.com about their experiences as student-athletes at Harvard. 


Jay Nelson ’62Hope Prockop ’90 and Richard Chin (Head Pro at the Harvard Club of NYC) all won US National Masters titles in Virginia in March. 


- Harvard has been in the spotlight on the professional tour this spring: Both Amanda Sobhy ’15 and Ali Farag ’14 reached the quarterfinals of the British Open in March. Sobhy is currently ranked #8 in the world and Farag #11!


- In between professional tournaments, Amanda Sobhy ’15 sang the national anthem at a Boston Bruins game in March together with Hope Prockop ’90. An impressive performance from both of them!


- Portland Community Squash is fundraising for their new center and programs. They are hosting events at the Murr Center in Boston (Apr 14) and at the University Club of NY (Apr 21). At both parties, 15 universities will put forward their best male and female alums from their cities. 

Read more about the eventhttp://www.pcsquash.com/

From all of us in the squash office, we hope you enjoy the spring time!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CSA Individuals, Past Champions Gala & Team Banquet

Four Crimson players secured All-America honors last weekend at the CSA Individual Nationals. Kayley Leonard ’19, Sabrina Sobhy ’19 and Alyssa Mehta ’18 all finished in the top 10 (First Team). Leonard had a great run and reached the semifinals before losing against Trinity’s Kanzy El Defrawy (who went on to win this year’s title). Meanwhile, Bryan Koh ’17 made the second team on the men’s side.
Gala honors past Champions - Doyle gets inducted to Men’s Hall of Fame
After the semifinals on Saturday, the CSA hosted a gala honoring past individual champions. Harvard was well represented with a number of past winners present at Chelsea Piers:
- Charlie Ufford (1952, 1953)
- Ben Heckscher (1956, 1957)
- Anil Nayar (1967, 1968, 1969)
- Lee Howard (1973)
- Diana (Edge) Dowling (1988)
- Vanya Desai (1993)
- Libby (Eynon) Welch (1995)
- Daniel Ezra (1996)
- Laura Gemmell (2010)
- Amanda Sobhy (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
It was a memorable event which highlighted the long history of college squash and successful legacy of the Harvard programs. The CSA also honored former Harvard Head Coach Bill Doyle who was inducted to the Men’s CSA Hall of Fame this year. Doyle had already been an inductee in the Women’s CSA Hall of Fame in 2007 but is now recognized for all his accomplishments on the men’s side as well. 
Congratulations to Bill Doyle and all of our past champions!

Photos from the event: http://www.mtbello.com/College-Squash/2016-Individuals/2016-CSA-Individuals-Gala/
Team Banquet to wrap up season
The annual team banquet will take place on April 1st this year. The current team members, their parents and friends of the program will celebrate our graduating seniors and the teams’ accomplishments this season:
- Women’s National Champions
- Women’s Ivy League Champions
- Men's Ivy League Runner-Ups
- Four All-America Honors
If you want to attend the event, you can purchase tickets through the Varsity Club’s website: https://www.harvardvarsityclub.org/article.html?aid=1137

Monday, February 29, 2016

Women win National Championship

Just two weeks after securing the Ivy Championship, our women’s team finished off the season by winning the national team title this past weekend. The Crimson beat Penn 5-4 in the final after coming back from being 1-3 down. This is the 16th national championship in program history and the second consecutive one. 

After beating Cornell in the quarterfinal, the team had a close semifinal against Trinity: Both #1 Sabrina Sobhy and #2 Kayley Leonard suffered the first personal losses of the season against Trinity’s #1 and #2. The bottom 3 for the Crimson in addition to #3 Alyssa Mehta and #5 Michelle Gemmell beat their opponents in three and sealed the victory. 

The final against Penn was also a difficult one: Being 1-3 down, Dileas MacGowan at #8 and Kayley Leonard at #2 leveled the match score. After Penn took an important win at #4, Harvard needed both remaining matches. Senior co-captain Saumya Karki didn’t allow the Penn #7 to come back despite losing the 3rd game. Karki found her rhythm again in the 4th and won, bringing the match score to 4-4. It was down to freshman Sabrina Sobhy who was playing against Penn’s Reeham Sedky - a nemesis from her junior days. Sobhy handled the pressure well, clinching the match 11-9 in the fourth after a brave, yet fair, “no let” call from the referee. 

Quarterfinal: Harvard Women vs. Cornell Women 9-0

Semifinal: Harvard Women vs. Trinity Women 5-4

Final: Harvard Women vs. Penn 5-4

Men finish 6th after one of the closest college seasons ever

The men were seeded #6 after the regular season and ended up finishing 6th at nationals. A top 4 finish was not far at all as the Crimson suffered a close 5-4 loss against #3 seeded St. Lawrence in the quarterfinal. 

The team went into the weekend without co-captain, #6 Devin McLaughlin, who dislocated his shoulder in the last regular season match.  Despite the challenge of playing higher up than before, Harvard’s #7, 8 and 9 played extremely well and won all of the matches against St. Lawrence. #9 Jack Cooper was down 0-2 and 3-7 in the 3rd before coming back and winning in five games. Dylan Murray at #5 took the 4th win for the Crimson. 

Alexi Gosset at #6 and Bryan Koh at #3 took a game each but ended up losing in four games. The rest of the team fought hard but wasn’t able to turn the match around. 

In the consolation plate, the Crimson beat Dartmouth 6-3 to make it to the 5/6 playoff in which they faced Penn. Harvard had won the regular season match against the Quakers but wasn’t able to repeat it this past weekend. Penn was the better team that day and walked away with the 5th place finish.

Quarterfinal: Harvard Men vs. St. Lawrence 4-5

5/8 Playoff: Harvard Men vs. Dartmouth 6-3

5/6 Playoff: Harvard Men vs. Penn 2-7

From top to bottom, all the teams in the Potter Cup played close matches during the regular season as well as this past weekend: Out of the 12 matches in the A division, there were five 5-4 matches and three 6-3’s. On the women’s side, the matches were very close amongst the top 4 teams (Harvard, Penn, Trinity and Princeton). 

The coaches are very proud of both teams. While most players are done for the season, some of our top players will be contesting at the Individual National Championships at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT this coming weekend. 

We will send a recap of the tournament and the season as a whole after the weekend. As a reminder, following the semifinals on the Saturday (March 5), the championship will feature a gala bringing back many of the past champions. 

More information on the individual tournament and gala:

Go Crimson!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Follow the CSA Team Nationals online

Our women's match against Cornell starts at noon today and the men's match against St. Lawrence begins at 2:30pm. 

You can follow the action all weekend with Live Scores on Club Locker: https://clublocker.com/static/league_scoreboard/league_list.html. The draws and match reports will be available on www.collegesquashassociation.com.

Unfortunately, it seems that the matches won't be live streamed this weekend. We will let you know if that changes.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Women win Ivy Championship

Our women finished their regular season with a 9-0 win over Yale last week and won the 2016 Ivy Championship. This year's title is the 20th championship in program history. The team’s record this season was an impressive 10-0 (7-0 Ivy League). 

The men’s team wasn’t able to upset the Bulldogs and lost a close match 6-3. The Crimson fell behind early in the first round of matches when co-captain Devin McLaughlin ’17 fell and dislocated his shoulder and had to retire. Yale was able to keep the lead until the end despite many close matches. 

Yale remained undefeated in the Ivy League this year and won the men's title outright. Harvard finished second along with Columbia (both with a 5-2 record).

Harvard Women vs. Yale Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Yale Men 3-6

CSA Team Nationals at Yale - February 26-28, 2016

Our women's team will go into team nationals as the #1 seed and will face #8 Cornell in the first round this Friday. The men’s team is ranked #6 in the nation and will play #3 St. Lawrence.   

For the first time in college squash history, the men’s and women’s team nationals will be played on the same weekend. The women's match against Cornell will start at noon and the men's match will begin at 2:30pm on Friday at the Yale courts.

CSA Individual Nationals at Chelsea Piers - March 4-6, 2016

This year’s individual tournament will be a historic event too, taking place at an off-campus venue for the first time ever. The best players in the country will compete at Chelsea Piers (Stamford, CT) in a couple of weeks.  

Following the semifinals on the Saturday (March 5), the championship will feature a gala bringing back many of the past champions. 

We're hoping to see many of you during the weekend. 

More information on the tournament and gala:

Go Crimson!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wins against Columbia, Cornell & Brown - Today’s Yale match to decide Ivy titles

Both of this year’s Ivy titles will be on the line this afternoon when both the men and women take on Yale in New Haven, CT. Our women have already secured a share of the title but the team would earn the championship outright with a win against the Bulldogs today. The men need a win against Yale to share the title.

Today’s match will not be streamed live unfortunately. Live scoring will be available through Club Lockerhttps://clublocker.com/static/league_scoreboard/league_list.html

The match starts at 1pm.

This past week was a busy one for the programs: Both teams took wins against Columbia, Cornell and Brown. The closest one was the men’s Columbia match. It wasn’t until the last round of matches that Madhav Dhingra ’18 clinched the deciding match for the Crimson to win 5-4. 

The men went on to beat Cornell 8-1 and Brown 9-0. Meanwhile, our women's team didn't drop a single match against the three teams. 

Links to match recaps and results are below.

Match Recaps on GoCrimson.com:

Harvard Women vs. Columbia Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Columbia Men 5-4

Harvard Women vs. Cornell Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Cornell Men 8-1

Harvard Women vs. Brown Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Brown Men 9-0

Upcoming Matches:

Feb 14, 1pm
Yale @ Yale (M & W)

Feb 26-28
CSA Team Nationals @ Yale (M & W)

Go Crimson!