Laura Gemmell earned her third straight first team All-America honor (photo
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Five members of the women's squash national champion Harvard squad have been named All-Americans, the College Squash Association announced. Amanda Sobhy and Laura Gemmell were named to the first team, while Cece Cortes, Nirasha Guruge, and Haley Mendez were second team selections.
Sobhy, the individual national champion, finished the 2011-12 season with an undefeated 15-0 mark. The freshman from Sea Cliff, N.Y., served as the Crimson's No. 1 player throughout the season and helped Harvard to its 13th national championship. Sobhy swept Yale's No. 1, Millie Tomlinson, in the national title match and the individual championship.
Gemmell earned her third consecutive All-America honor after being chosen to the first team during each of her first two seasons in Cambridge. The junior from Toronto, Ontario went 14-2 this season, including a 3-0 stretch during Harvard's run to the Howe Cup championship.
Guruge was named an All-American for the fourth time, including three first-team honors. The Colombo, Sri Lanka native finished 2011-12 with a 15-3 mark, while serving as Harvard's No. 3 for most of the season. Guruge was undefeated throughout the national championship tournament and advanced to the second round of the individual championships.
Cortes, a second team selection last season, was named to the second team after going 11-2 this season. The senior clinched Harvard's second national championship in the last three years with a 3-0 win over Yale's Katherine Ballaine in the No. 5 position. Cortes also advanced to the quarterfinals of the individual championship tournament.
Mendez, one of the most vital players for the Crimson this season, earned All-America recognition during her first season in Cambridge. The freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y., broke 4-4 ties against No. 4 Princeton and No. 2 Yale during the regular season to propel Harvard to the Ivy League title. Playing in the No. 4 spot, Mendez went 9-1 and put together a 19-3 record overall. The 19 wins were the most by any Crimson player this season.
Harvard will return three All-Americans next season, as Sobhy, Gemmell and Mendez will try to give the Crimson its third national championship in four seasons.