Amanda Sobhy was named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season Friday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After two undefeated seasons and back-to-back individual national championships, Amanda Sobhy repeated another honor when the conference named the sophomore Ivy League Player of the Year Friday afternoon. Senior Laura Gemmell and sophomore Haley Mendez were also named to the All-Ivy League team after a vote by the league's coaches.
The trio lifted the Harvard women's squash team to its third national title in four years and 14th in program history at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships. The Crimson narrowly defeated Trinity, 5-4, in the finals to keep the Howe Cup in Cambridge for another year.
Sobhy, who posted a perfect 15-0 record, including a 5-0 mark in the Ancient Eight, to win her second straight College Squash Association individual national championship, dominated her foes in 2012-13, losing just one game the entire year while playing at the No. 1 position to give the program its 13th individual crown. It is the second straight year that Sobhy, who also earned the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award last season, has won the award. For her career, the Sea Cliff, N.Y., native is 30-0 with a pair of team and individual national titles.
The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native is the second women's squash player in Harvard history to be named Ivy League Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons, joining Gemmell, who accomplished the feat in 2010 and 2011, as the only other Crimson to accomplish the feat.
Gemmell completes her career in Cambridge with her fourth All-Ivy honor. The senior is the fifth student-athlete to earn a spot on the All-Ivy first team in each of her seasons of competition, and the first to do so since Margaret Elias '02. The Toronto, Ont., native compiled a 60-6 record over her four seasons, including an individual national championships as a freshman.
Mendez, who was 15-3 this season, earned her first All-Ivy League selection. The sophomore was also named the Harrow Sports Howe Cup Player of the Tournament after winning all three of her matches in the event. The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was 5-1 in Ivy League play and finished her season in the second round of the CSA Individual Championship.