The Official Blog of Harvard Men’s and Women’s Squash
Monday, November 3, 2014
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:
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:
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.
Ivy Scrimmages @ Yale
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
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