By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM ET

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Northampton, MA — For the week ending 1/19/2014, George Washington’s Anna Gabriela Porras and Drexel’s Mark Kauf 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.

There were a number of deserving candidates this week, including several players who had come-from-behind wins that propelled their teams to victory.

Anna Gabriela Porras (George Washington University): It is very rare for a player to be recognized as player of the week when their team captures a match by an 8-1 margin, but Porras, George Washington’s top player, showed true sportsmanship. Down two games to Bates’ Nessrine Arrifin, she captured the third and fourth games both by a score of 17-15. In the fifth game, Arrifin’s calf cramped up. Without giving it a thought, Porras helped her opponent stretch. In the end, Porras won the match (10-12, 9-11, 17-15, 17-15, and 11-6) and George Washington defeated Bates.

Mark Kauf (Drexel University): Last week, Drexel, the 15th-ranked team in the nation, hosted Middlebury. With the match score tied at 4-4, and Kauf being down 0-2 in his match at #3 with Middlebury’s Andrew Cadienhead, the match seemed over.  Kauf, a sophomore who usually plays #4, battled back. He captured the match in five games (8-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3, and 11-4), giving Drexel the victory.