Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 Summer Update

Dear Harvard Squash family,

We hope you're all enjoying the summer. The Murr Center squash courts will remain fairly empty for another month before students return and we will start to prepare for another season. Meanwhile, we wanted to update you on what's happened with our program and what will take place in the next couple of months:

Congratulations to our Class of 2015 - Sobhy and Mendez receive senior awards

This year, we say goodbye to a big women's senior class and both of our men's senior co-captains. All of them have had a significant impact on the program and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Harvard Squash Class of 2015: Julianne Chu, Haley Mendez, Julie Monrad, Megan Murray, Amanda Sobhy, Tyler Olson and Sachin Patel.

During graduation week, both Sobhy and Mendez were recognized at this year's Senior Letterwinners' Dinner. Sobhy was selected the top female athlete of her class (The Radcliffe Prize) for all of her accomplishments in the last four years. Co-Captain Mendez was recognized for overcoming her multiple injuries to make a contribution to her team (John P. Fadden Award). 

Read more about the event and awards on

Summer Alumni Events in Boston and New York

Alumni from mostly Reunion classes ('0's and '5's) came to the Murr Center in late May to reconnect with teammates and the coaching staff during Reunion Weekend. The 1990 Women's Howe Cup and Ivy Champion team had a perfect attendance (and Marty Clark '93 represented his sister and that team's Tri-Captain, Stephanie Clark '91.). Alumni children also had the chance to enjoy the great spirit of the squash program. Dave Fish '72 stopped in and according to many hasn't changed a bit! 

Former team members also got together at the Harvard Club of NYC later in the summer. Many of our current players joined alumni for the hit around as well as drinks and food afterwards. Once again, we want to thank Richard Chin and his staff for hosting us - it was a great evening!

Check out pictures from the events on our Facebook Page:

Serve and Return - October 24th

The Serve and Return alumni and team celebration will take place on October 24th at the Murr Center. As part of this historic event, we will have a hit around from 3-5pm for any eager players and at 6pm enjoy cocktails all together in the Hall of History, first floor of the Murr Center. During dinner, we will honor all of the coaching eras beginning with Harry Cowles, Jack Barnaby, Dave Fish, the first years of women's teams, Steve Piltch, Bill Doyle and Satinder Bajwa.  We will have the complete book, which has been written by Rob Dinerman, available at the event. Invitations will go out in a few weeks so please keep an eye out for one in the mail as well as in your email box. 

We have also designed and developed a new website for the program and its history. The site will be launched soon and we will let you know once it's live. 

What else has been going on?

Amanda Sobhy '15 won three gold medals at the Pan American Games in Toronto in July. She became the first player ever to win three golds in a single Pan Am event.

- Friends Co-Chair Hope Prockop '90 (U.S. Women's 40+ and 45+ Champion) won the Women's 45+ British Open Masters title in May. Prockop was unseeded and beat the top seed in the semifinal and the two seed in the final.

George Lemmon '83 reached the final of the U.S. Father & Son Doubles Championships together with his son, George B. In the final, they were beaten by Chris and Carson Spahr who defeated Tommy Mullaney '14 and his father, Tom, in the quarterfinals. 

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