By Michael T. Bello
Published Dec 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM ET

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Northampton, MA — For the week ending 12/8/2013, Mount Holyoke’s’ Randima Ranaweera and Wesleyan’s John Steele have been named the women’s and men’s Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week.

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.

Randima Ranaweera (Mount Holyoke): At the Wesleyan Round Robin, 21st-ranked Mount Holyoke faced host and 20th-ranked Wesleyan. The match was close and the number 1 match was between each squads’ senior co-captain. Ranaweera faced Wesleyan’s Mary Foster, and after four games, the individual match was tied 2-2.  In the fifth, Ranaweera won in extra points to capture the individual match (6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, and 12-10) and the team match. Mount Holyoke prevailed 5-4. Ranaweera won her other two matches at the round robin as well.

John Steele (Wesleyan): Wesleyan had not beaten Brown since the 1967 – 1968 season, but on Saturday in Providence, the match was tied at 4-4.  Senior captain Steele faced Brown’s top player, Blake Reinson, in the deciding match.  This was a rematch from last season’s Molloy Cup quarterfinals, where Reinson won in four games. The two experienced players battled to the very end, with Steele prevailing 13-11 in the fifth (9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, and 13-11) to win the individual and team match.  Steele is 4-1 in his senior campaign.