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

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Harvard Squash Class of 2014


While the squash season ended a few months ago, it wasn't until last weekend that our graduating seniors left the campus. It was a busy commencement week with families and relatives celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating class. 

We want to congratulate the Harvard Squash Class of 2014:

- Natasha Anzik
- Georgie Brinkley
- Ali Farag
- Nigel Koh
- Nikhil Mehra
- Brandon McLaughlin
- Tommy Mullaney
- Asfy Nadeem
- Gary Power

We also want to recognize former team members, Peter Machtiger and Jay Brooks, who graduated from Harvard's ROTC program and will join the U.S. Marine Corps after Harvard.

We wish the best of luck to these young women and men as they move on to new ventures. 

Farag voted Top Male Athlete

National Champion, Ali Farag, added another significant feather in his cap during his last week at Harvard: Ali received the prestigious William J. Bingham Award during the Senior Letterwinners' Dinner.

The award is given "to that male member of the graduating class of Harvard College who, through integrity, courage, leadership and ability on the athletic fields, has best served the high purpose of Harvard as exemplified by the late William J. Bingham '16, former Director of Athletics". 

Ali is the 7th squash player to receive the award, which has been given out annually since 1954. Previous winners are Anil Nayar '69, Richard M. Cashin, Jr. '75, Michael Desaulniers '80, Kenton L. Jernigan '86, Jeremy D. Fraiberg '92 and Adrian Ezra '94. 

Sobhy wins in Hong Kong - ranked #13 in the world

After finishing her junior year at Harvard, Amanda Sobhy travelled to Hong Kong to play in a Silver WSA tournament. She was seeded 2nd but went on to win the tournament without dropping a game. In the final, she beat Australia's Rachael Grinham, a former world champion and world number one.

The win helped Amanda reach her highest WSA ranking ever: She is now ranked 13th in the world - not bad for a college senior! 

Other News and Videos on GoCrimson.com:

Senior Perspective: Women's Squash

Senior Perspective: Men's Squash

Mike Way talks about the men's season:

Sam Sokolsky-Tifft elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Asfy Nadeem earns Hoopes Prize

We will be in touch closer to the fall with a preview of next season and our incoming freshman class. 

We hope that your summer is off to a great start! 

Monday, March 10, 2014


Amanda Wins in Toronto


Just a few days after winning her third consecutive Ramsay Cup, Amanda was off to Toronto for the Granite Open.  She made it past the second-seeded Rachael Grinham in the semifinals to face the world number thirteen, Omneya Abdel Kawy, in the finals.  She was able to beat the Egyptian 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in just 36 minutes.  This WSA Silver 25 event is the biggest WSA tour title of Amanda's career. 

She has now lost only one WSA tour final in 12 appearances!


Seven of Harvard's current and former players competed at US Nationals this past weekend with three of them making the finals.


In the SL Green Women's Open:
Cece Cortes '12 (Quarterfinalist)
Amanda Sobhy '15 (Finalist)

In the US Masters:
Jay Nelson '62 (Finalist in M70+)
Anil Nayar '69 (Quarterfinalist in M65+)
Bill Kaplan '77 (Quarterfinalist in M55+)
Hope Prockop '90 (Finalist in W35/40+)
Tim Wyant '00 (semifinalist in M35+)

Great to see Crimson squashers still going strong!


Amanda Sobhy and Ali Farag win 2014 National Individual Championships!



Ben Heckscher '57, two-time winner of the Pool Trophy ('56,'57), with Ali and Amanda, the 2014 Individual Champs

Both of Harvard's #1 players won the Men's and Women's National Individual Championships yesterday at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Amanda Sobhy defeated Kanzy El Defrawy in three games.  Kanzy is Trinity's hard-hitting #1 player who was once ranked World #27 in WISPA and World #5 U19.  In both the first and second games, Kanzy took early leads but Amanda pulled away to win 11-6 and 11-5.  The milage that Amanda put into Kanzy's legs was evident in the third as Amanda charged to an 11-3 finish.  She is the first woman from Harvard to win the Ramsey Cup three consecutive times!  Despite the one sided scoreline, the Individual National Championship never comes easy.  Amanda did a phenomenal job of staying focused throughout the weekend and performed well under pressure in the final.  

Ali was next on court. He was plagued by errors in the first game and lost 11-6.  In the second, he fell behind 6-2 before storming back to 9-9.  It was a critical moment in the match where the tide could turn either way.  Ali pressed on to take the second game 13-11.  He made incredible gets to hang in and take the third 11-5.  He rolled with the momentum to finish it off the fourth by a score of 11-4.

Recaps:


Ali

Correction from Sunday's blast: Brandon McLaughlin made it two the round of 16 where he was knocked off by Princeton's #1, Sam Kang.  He then went on to defeat Dylan Ward of Princeton and Karan Malik of Trinity to finish in the top 10.  Haley Mendez defeated Princeton's Libby Eyre in the round of 16 before losing to Amanda Sobhy in the quarterfinals.  For two players at #2 on their respective ladders to finish in the top 10 in the nation while fighting through illness is unbelievable!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


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MEN'S TEAM - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2014

Our men's team put on their best performance of the season and beat Trinity College in the final 9-0. Harvard stayed unbeaten throughout the season and won the National Championship without dropping a single match this past weekend.

The first round of play today was very close. Bryan Koh at #6 went down 0-2 but was able to fight back and win in five. Tyler Olsen at #9 had a close five-setter too but proved to be the stronger player in the fifth. Dylan Murray at #3 was able to win in three games. 

These wins gave the team a lot of momentum. Nigel Koh at #5 won quickly in three and it was up to co-captain Brandon McLaughlin at #2 to take the deciding fifth win for the team. Brandon's match was extremely close until the very end but he was able to clinch it in the tie-break of the fifth game. 

Ali Farag, who received the legendary Skillman Award before the final, won in three games at #1. Tommy Mullaney at #8 and Nick Hopcroft at #7 also won 3-0 while co-captain Gary Power took four games to beat his opponent. 

It's the men's team's first national title since 1998. The team and the coaches couldn't be happier. The players peaked at just the right time and performed very well today and through the season. 

You can read more about the final on the CSA website: http://collegesquashassociation.com/

The coaches are now looking forward to this weekend when the women compete at their National Championships in Princeton. Stay tuned.

Go Crimson!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Harvard Men Will Play for 2014 National Championship Tomorrow


The men fought past 5th ranked Franklin & Marshall in the semifinals today by a score of 9-0.  Six matches were won in three games.  Dylan Murray, Tommy Mullaney and Bryan Koh went to four.  Despite the overall score, each individual had to play very well to get through.  They will face 2nd seed Trinity in the finals tomorrow.  Trinity had strong wins over Cornell in the quarters and Yale in the semi's.

The Crimson men are well-prepared for this.  They are fit, focused and have pushed through the draw in businesslike fashion.  They are now in full recovery mode with stretching, ice baths and good food.

Harvard's last national title was in 1998.

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