The Official Blog of Harvard Men’s and Women’s Squash
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Ivies kicked off their seasons this weekend at the annual Ivy Scrimmages at Yale. While the results of the tournament don't count towards the official rankings, it's a great way to start the season and see how we match up against other teams.
Both of our teams were suffering from minor injuries so the coaches decided to rest the injured players. Our women played without Amanda Sobhy '15, Haley Mendez '15 and Dileas MacGowan '17 while the men were resting David Ryan '18 and Seif Abou Eleinen '18.
Despite the injuries, both of our teams played very well. The women lost against Princeton in the semis 4-5 but beat Yale in the 3/4 playoff 7-2. UPenn ended up beating Princeton in the final 5-4. Naturally, the women are quite happy with the weekend as they were able to compete against the top teams even without 3 of their Top 9 players. Our men beat Brown and UPenn on the way to the final but weren't able to win against Yale. The Bulldogs won the final 6-3.
There were some great individual performances and the coaches were particularly impressed by the maturity our freshmen showed in their matches. There's a lot of work to be done before the big matches in the winter but it's still early in the season. The coming weeks will be filled with practices and challenge matches before Dartmouth (Dec 2), St. Lawrence (Dec 6) and Rochester (Dec 7).