By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 8:45 PM ET

Harrow Sports - Official Equipment Supplier of the CSA Northampton, MA — For the week ending 2/7/2011, Shara Robertson (Mount Holyoke College) and Valentin Quan (Middlebury College) have been named the women’s and men’s Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week.

A Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week should have a significant impact on his or her team’s performance during the prior week and demonstrate sportsmanship. Coaches and Sports Information Directors may nominate players by contacting Michael T. Bello. Nominations are due each Monday by 6 PM ET.

There continue to be many players who have turned in outstanding performances. Maggie Bouscaren (Vanderbilt) returned from her semester abroad and went 3-0 against Drexel’s, Haverford’s, and Johns Hopkins’ top players. Penn’s #5, Pia Trikha,  also went 3-0 on the week with victories over Dartmouth, Harvard, and Stanford.

Robertson (Mount Holyoke)Shara Robertson (Mount Holyoke College): This week, Shara Robertson, Mount Holyoke’s junior captain, led the Lyons to their fifth consecutive Seven Sisters title. Mount Holyoke defeated Smith and Vassar to earn the title.  Robertson defeated both her opponents and earned Seven Sisters All-Team honors for the third consecutive year.  During the week, Robertson also earned wins over Hamilton and Colgate. In her 21 matches this season, Robertson has a 15-6 record.

Quan (Middlebury)Valentin Quan (Middlebury College): At the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Squash Championships, Middlebury’s #1 Valentin Quan led the Panthers to their best ever finish at the tournament, 3rd. The junior went 2-1 during the NESCAC tournament.  His two victories came after losing games early in each match.  Against Amherst, Quan lost the first two games against Andrew Kriete, but battled back to capture the match in five games (7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3).  After Middlebury’s loss to Trinity, the Panthers faced Bates for third place in the tournament. Against Bates’ William Katz, Quan lost the opening game; however, he captured the next three games to win the match in four games (6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8).

Photos courtesy of Mount Holyoke College and Middlebury College.