Haley Mendez was named a first-team All-American for the first time Friday (Gil Talbot).
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The national champion Harvard women's squash team had four members named to the College Squash Association All-America Teams, the CSA announced Friday morning. Amanda Sobhy, Laura Gemmell and Haley Mendez were all named to the first team, while Michelle Gemmell earned second-team honors.
After finishing the season 15-1 and winning its second straight Howe Cup, the Crimson tied Penn for the most All-Americans with four selections apiece. The two teams are selected by the CSA executive committee with 10 first and second team honorees. To be eligible for the award, players must compete in a minimum of 50 percent of their school's matches and also participate in the CSA Individual Championships.
Sobhy, who finished the season 15-0 and won the Ramsay Cup, the individual national title, for the second straight year, was a key component of the Crimson's repeat. The sophomore from Sea Cliff, N.Y. bested Kanzy El Defrawy in the championship match of the Howe Cup to earn the clinching point in a 5-4 Harvard triumph before topping the Trinity freshman again, 3-0, in the Ramsay Cup final two weeks later. This is the second consecutive year that Sobhy, who was also named the Ivy League Player of the Year, has been honored as a first-team All-American.
Laura Gemmell finishes his career as a four-time first-team All-America selection. In her senior campaign, the Toronto, Ont., native went 14-3, including an undefeated 11-0 mark during the regular season. The 2010 and 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and four-time All-Ancient Eight selection had a 60-6 career record in college, including an individual national championship as a freshman in 2010.
After garnering second-team honors in her first season, Mendez was named to the first team as a sophomore. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native went 15-3 on the season, including a 3-0 mark at the team national championship to earn the Harrow Sports Howe Cup Player of the Tournament honor. Mendez, who played the majority of her matches at the No. 3 position, was also named to the All-Ivy team last week for the first time.
Michelle Gemmell was named a second-team All-American to round out the honorees. The freshman ended the year on a four-match win streak to finish the season 12-5. She also won the Ramsay Cup first round consolation tournament at the individual national championship.
Three of the four All-Americans will return next year, with only Laura Gemmell lost to graduation, to try and give the Crimson its third consecutive national title and fourth in the last five seasons.