Harvard: 2013 – 2014 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

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Harvard University Cambridge, MA — Harvard’s goal for the 2013-2014 season is to compete for the Ivy League and national titles. Considering that the Crimson have reached the national final five years running, winning three times, it seems almost a given they will be in contention for the Howe Cup again this season. The team returns six of nine starters from last year’s championship roster, and six new players will be joining the program: Katie Tutrone, Dileas MacGowan, Caroline Monrad, Emily Jones, Keegan Mendez, and Morgan Breitmeyer. “The young women coming in have the work ethic that we need to maintain the high standard here,” Mike Way, the Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash, told GoCrimson.com. “We were impressed by character of all … and are confident that they will fit into our strong team culture.” Hameed Ahmed, an All-American at Rochester who has served as the Yellowjackets’ assistant coach for the past few seasons, has signed on to the Crimson staff as well.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-1

Final Ranking: 1

Team Championships: 1st in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mike Way

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Amanda Sobhy (2015 – Ramsay Cup Champion; First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team; Ivy League Player of the Year); 3. Haley Mendez (2015 – First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team); 4. Michelle Gemmell (2016 – Second Team All-American); 5. Saumya Karki (2016); 8. Julianne Chu (2015); 9. Megan Murray (2015); 10. Isabelle Dowling (2016); 11. Natasha Anzik (2014 – Scholar-Athlete); 12. Georgianna Brinkley (Scholar-Athlete)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 2. Laura Gemmell (2013 – First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team; Scholar Athlete; Academic All Ivy); 6. Natasha Kingshott (2013 – Scholar Athlete); 7. Sarah Mumanachit (2013); 11. Eliza Calihan (2013 – Scholar Athlete)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Morgan Breitmeyer (Stanford University Online); Emily Jones (Deerfield Academy); Dileas MacGowan (St. Clement’s); Keegan Mendez (Packer Collegiate Institute); Caroline Monrad (Noble and Greenough); and Katie Tutrone (Roland Park Country School)

Captains: Natasha Anzik and Haley Mendez

Team Goals: To compete for the Ivy League and national titles

Key Matches: Trinity, Princeton, Penn, and Yale

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.