Friday, December 20, 2013


December Update from Harvard Squash

In early December we had a solid week of improvement for our men’s team. On Tues, Dec. 3, the Dartmouth Men and Women gave us a real challenge in Hanover.  We made it safely through the match on the score sheet, though the performances on the men’s side were not what we had hoped for.  The men didn’t play their most consistent squash and we came away knowing that we had a few things to work on.

The following Friday, we had a solid win against Drexel.  The Dragons are climbing the ranks quickly.   Earlier this year they defeated Williams for the first time on both the men’s and women’s sides.  After the Drexel match, our JV “Jacked Varsity” men and women had a strong win as well, blanking Boston College.  It was great to see the guys and girls lower down the order get some competitive experience and step up to the challenge.  There is always a bit of pressure when they know the match that counts towards our team record.

Saturday, we faced Western Ontario. Mike and Beth hosted their fellow Canadians at their house the night before the match.  Albert Shoihet, Beth’s son, is the number one player and team captain for the Mustangs.  We saw a completely different Harvard men’s team on Saturday than we had at Dartmouth.  The men were far more consistent and focused.  The coaches were very proud of their performance.  Ali, Gary and Nigel had some standout performances.

Women’s December Wrap-Up by Co-Captain Natasha Anzik


We had a very exciting past week in squash competition, kicking off the season with some well-played matches.  For our opening Ivy match against Dartmouth on December 3, seven out of our nine players swept with 3-0 victories.  There were strong performances by all of the freshmen, and a very positive atmosphere.   Freshmen Caroline Monrad, Dileas MacGowan and Katie Tutrone got their first official wins at the 10, 7 and 4 positions, respectively.

These matches were followed by a quick turnaround as both teams played Drexel and Boston College on Friday. Both teams won 9-0 and were a great opportunity for everyone to get more competitive match play.

All in all, it was a solid week for both teams, and gave everyone an opportunity to take away some things to work on in preparation for January. Now as we are all entering exams, the focus is increasing our fitness and making adjustments over the break.

Come cheer us on at Williams on Jan. 7 and at home against Princeton Sat, Jan 11 and Penn Sun, Jan 12!


Final Match Results:



Harvard Women vs Dartmouth Women
Win 9-0

No. 1 Amanda Sobhy defeated Jacqueline Barnes  (11-6, 11-5, 11-4)
No. 2 Haley Mendez defeated Nina Scott (11-0, 11-2, 11-3)
No. 3 Saumya Karki defeated Melina Turk (11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6)
No. 4 Katie Tutrone defeated Katherine Nimmo (11-8, 11-8, 11-3)
No. 5 Michelle Gemmell defeated Helena Darling (11-6, 11-5, 11-7)
No. 6 Julianne Chu defeated Lydie McKenzie (11-5, 11-8, 11-3)
No. 7 Dileas MacGowan defeated Oona Morris (5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2)
No. 8 Isabelle Dowling defeated Sarah Caughey (11-2, 11-2, 11-6)
No. 9 Megan Murray defeated Victoria Dewey (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6)
No. 10 Caroline Monrad defeated Marian S. Lurio (11-7, 14-12, 11-6)

Harvard Men vs Dartmouth Me
Win 9-0

No. 1 Ali Farag defeated Alexander Greer (11-4, 11-3, 11-7)
No. 2 Brandon McLaughlin defeated Nicholas Harrington (11-9, 11-5, 11-6)
No. 3 Gary Power defeated Christopher Jung (11-5, 11-6, 11-4)
No. 4 Dylan Murray defeated Kyle Martino(11-7, 11-7, 11-7)
No. 5 Nigel Koh defeated Michael Mistras (7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9)
No. 6 Bryan Koh defeated James Fisch (11-2, 11-6, 11-6)
No. 7 Nicholas Hopcroft defeated Fletcher Pease (11-9, 11-9, 11-6)
No. 8 Tyler Olson defeated Bayard Kuensell (8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2)
No. 9 Tom Mullaney defeated Mark Funk (11-2, 11-6, 11-5)
No. 10 Glen Brickman defeated Samuel Goldberg (9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7)

Harvard Women vs. Drexel
Win 9-0

No. 1 Amanda Sobhy defeated Udangawa Damindhi (11-1, 11-1, 11-1)
No. 2 Haley Mendez defeated Mary Fung-A-Fat (11-3, 11-2, 11-3)
No. 3 Saumya Karki defeated Elizabeth Money (11-5, 11-3, 11-6)
No. 4 Katie Tutrone defeated Maria Diagama (11-2, 11-0, 11-3)
No. 5 Michelle Gemmell defeated Laura Rahauser (11-4, 11-1, 11-2)
No. 6 Julianne Chu defeated Kaitlyn Money (11-6, 11-2, 11-5)
No. 7 Dileas MacGowan defeated Kiran Vasudevan (11-3, 11-2, 11-3)
No. 8 Isabelle Dowling defeated Disha Tharyamal (11-0, 11-3, 11-0)
No. 9 Megan Murray defeated Davila Thompson (11-0, 11-3, 11-0)
No. 10 Caroline Monrad defeated Courtney Sabo (11-2, 11-7, 11-3)

Harvard Women vs. Boston College
Win 9-0

No. 1 Dileas MacGowan defeated Lilly Havens (11-9, 11-5, 11-2)
No. 2 Isabelle Dowling defeated Cassandrew Burke (11-3, 11-4, 11-5)
No. 3 Megan Murray defeated Caroline Whelan (11-2, 11-5, 11-8)
No. 4 Caroline Monrad defeated Madeline Bette (11-2, 11-4, 11-5)
No. 5 Emily Jones defeated Alexis Ditomassi (11-2, 11-8, 11-3)
No. 6 Keegan Mendez defeated Mary Aidan Hanrahan (11-7, 11-2, 11-0)
No. 7 Alexandra Sperry defeated Caroline Kulig (11-3, 11-4, 11-2)
No. 8 Georgiana Brinkley defeated Katherine Neuberger (11-0, 11-1, 11-4)
No. 9 Julie Monrad defeated Allie Goguen (11-3, 11-3, 11-2)

Harvard Men vs. Drexel
Win 9-0

Ali Farag defeated Ibrahim Bakir (11-2, 11-5, 11-4)
Brandon McLaughliin defeated Justin Singh (11-5, 11-9, 11-1)
Gary Powers defeated Michael Thompson (11-8, 11-8, 11-9)
Dylan Murray defeated Mark Lindsay (11-7, 11-4, 11-4)
Nigel Koh defeated Sebastian Dangond (11-3, 11-5, 11-3)
Bryan Koh defeated Noel Solomon (11-4, 11-4, 11-4)
Nicholas Hopcroft defeated Joseph Gingold (11-3, 11-3, 11-4)
Tyler Olson defeated Ben Bevan (11-7, 11-2, 11-9)
Tom Mullaney defeated Nathaniel Fry (11-4, 11-1, 11-2)
Matt Roberts defeated Harshil Dokania (11-2, 11-7, 11-3)

Harvard Men vs. Boston College
Win 9-0

Michas Gordon defeated Milo Watanabe (11-3, 11-5, 11-7)
Walker Evans defeated Sam Henderson (11-4, 11-1, 11-9)
Sam Sokolski-Tifft defeated Joshua Ko (11-6, 11-7, 11-7)
James Watkins defeated Nicholas Gadsden (11-7, 11-4, 11-3)
Peter Janulis defeated Ted Glick (11-8, 14-12, 11-3)
Jake Matthews defeated Robert Bohn (11-2, 11-3, 11-2)
Evan Hahn defeated Colton Hardman (11-3, 11-2, 11-3)
Will Mendez defeated Andrew Labadini (11-8, 11-1, 12-10)
Nikhil Mehra defeated Christopher Tozzi (11-4, 11-2, 11-8)
Evan Brown defeated Elliott O'Brien (11-8, 11-4, 11-6)

Harvard Men vs. Western Ontario
Win 9-0

Ali Farag defeated Albert Shoihet (11-3, 11-3, 11-6)
Gary Power defeated James Van Staveren (12-10, 17-15, 6-11, 11-8)
Dylan Murray defeated Adrian Ostbye (11-6, 11-5, 11-6)
Nigel Koh defeated Adam Engel (11-5, 11-6, 11-7)
Bryan Koh defeated Kale Wilson (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10)
Nicholas Hopcroft defeated Devin Hinchey (11-5, 11-8, 11-6)
Tyler Olson defeated Nick Guest (11-3, 15-13, 11-7)
Tom Mullaney defeated Cory Shannon (11-9, 11-6, 11-4)
Matt Roberts defeated Matthew Sharpe (11-6, 11-2, 11-3)
Sam Goldberg defeated Krishan Rana (6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6)

Also, our big congratulations to Tim Wyant '00, for being named Ex-Officio Board Member to US Squash.   He already serves concurrently as the Executive Director of CitySquash and the National Urban Squash and Education Association.

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