Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays from Harvard Squash!

While our players have finished their final exams and are off for winter break, here's a quick update on:

- The final weeks of the fall season
- Changes on the Friends Board
- Our Boston and NYC events in January
- Ordering A History of Harvard Squash book

Men’s team upset by Dartmouth, women remain #1

Our women's team took a comfortable 9-0 win against Dartmouth at the start of December. The women's record is now 2-0 and they are ranked #1 in the nation.

Meanwhile, our men lost their match 5-4 against the Big Green. Although we were missing 2 of our top 9 players, Dartmouth proved to be a very strong and well-trained team that truly deserved the win. Our men's team was obviously disappointed by the result but we still believe that a shared Ivy title is within reach this season. More info on the upcoming matches against UPenn and Princeton below.

Harvard Women vs. Dartmouth Women 9-0

Harvard Men vs. Dartmouth Men 4-5

Blair Metrailler '00 and Jason Michas '13 to lead the Friends Group

As you probably know, longtime co-chairs, Hope Prockop '90 and Bill Kaplan '77, have decided to turn the leadership of the Friends group over to Blair Metrailler '00 and Jason Michas '13. Hope and Bill have done a tremendous job in the recent years. They have been an essential part of the board and have volunteered their time and energy to making our Friends group one of the best ones in the country. We thank Hope and Bill for everything that they’ve done. 

We would also like to thank Reed Endresen ’11 for his work on the board as a co-chair. Reed will also be stepping down but he will stay closely involved with our NYC events and alumni.

The coaches fully trust Blair and Jason and look forward to working with them. We are also excited to welcome Libby Welch ’95 and Tim Wyant ’00 as honorary chairs to help and support our two co-chairs. 

Save the Dates in January

> Penn & Princeton at Harvard - Jan 9-10th

We are hosting Penn and Princeton at home this year and both of the matches are key in deciding the Ivy title. The matches take place on January 9th and 10th at the Murr Center. Before the Princeton match on Sunday, we will be thanking our former co-chairs as well as acknowledging Rene Mendez & Leslie Henshaw ’P15, ‘P17 for their extremely generous gift of $100,000 to our program. Athletic Director, Bob Scalise, will be speaking before the men’s Princeton match on Sunday (Jan 10th) at noon.

Jan 9th
Harvard vs. Penn (men at noon, women at 2:30pm)

Jan 10th
Harvard vs. Princeton (men at noon, women at 2:30pm)

> Tournament of Champions & Hit-Around in NYC - Jan 12

Most of our players will travel to New York to watch the Tournament of Champions this year. Our women will be watching matches at the center court on January 12th starting at 1:30pm. Come and say hi if you're around!

If you can't make it to Grand Central that early, you can join both the women's and men's teams later that evening at the Harvard Club: We are organizing an alumni hit-around and get-together that starts at 7pm.

Please join us in January!

A History of Harvard Squash by Rob Dinerman

If you haven’t ordered our history book yet, you can find more information on our blog: 

And if you're looking for photos from our October celebration, you can find them here:

On behalf of the Harvard Squash programs, we wish you all happy holidays and hope to see you at our matches and events in the new year! 

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