By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM ET

Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA — The Crimson were so close last season to earning their third consecutive National Championship. They won the Ivy League. They were undefeated and won the Barhite Award. Yet, in the National Championship finals, Trinity upset Harvard, 5-4, to claim the title. The Crimson are ready for the 2014 – 2015 season. The talented squad did not graduate a single player from last season’s National Team Championships. In addition, two experienced first-year students are expected to join the starting nine. Don’t forget that the team also has senior Amanda Sobhy at the top of their ladder. Undefeated in her collegiate career, Sobhy will be vying for her record-tying forth Ramsay Cup (individual title) this season. The squash courts in the Murr Center have brand new scoreboards and now there are six cameras installed for web streaming home matches. The team is planning a January training trip to the Cayman Islands. This getaway will help prepare the squad for the challenging second semester schedule. Harvard is hosting this season’s National Team Championships, which will only increase the expectations for success for the experienced squad.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-1

Final Ranking: 2

Team Championships: 2nd in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #1s and 7s had 15 Wins…

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mike Way

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Amanda Sobhy (2015 – Ramsay Cup Winner, CSA First Team All-American, Ivy League Player of the Year, All-Ivy League Team); 2. Haley Mendez (2015 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team, Academic All-Ivy); 3. Katie Tutrone (2017 – All-Ivy League Team); 4. Saumya Karki (2016); 5. Michelle Gemmell (2016); 6. Julianne Chu (2015); 7. Dileas MacGowan (2017); 8. Isabelle Dowling (2016); 9. Megan Murray (2015); 10. Caroline Monrad (2017); 11. Keegan Mendez (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: None

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Alyssa Mehta (Branksome Hall, Toronto, Canada)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Sue Ann Yong (The Taft School – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Captains: Haley Mendez and Megan Murray

Team Goals: To be in contention for the Ivy and National Titles

Key Matches: Trinity, Penn, and Princeton

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.