McNeely, Orphan, West, Khan Named All-America

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Four members of the Amherst College men's squash team earned All-America honors from the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association, the governing body of men's collegiate squash. The NISRA bestowed First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention recognition on the top 24 players in the 1997-98 season.

David McNeely (Newtown Square, PA) repeats as a First Team All-American after finishing his sophomore season as the No. 3 player in the country. McNeely was seeded third in the NISRA Singles Championship, where he posted a 4-1 record. His only loss in the tournament came to defending and eventual national champion Marcus Cowie of Trinity College, whom he had upset in the regular season. McNeely finished with a 13-4 individual record in 1997-98, and he has compiled a 29-9 showing in two years of intercollegiate competition. McNeely has played No. 1 for Amherst since his freshman year.

Junior Kevin Orphan (Atlanta, GA) makes his third appearance as a Second Team All-American after a 13-7 season. Orphan was ranked in the national top-15 throughout the season as he posted a 4-2 showing at Individual Nationals. The junior advanced to the third round before falling to 7th seeded Arif Paul of Denison, and he concluded his season in the semifinals of the feed-in consolation. Orphan is 42-18 in his career at Amherst.

Addison West (Haverford, PA) earned Second Team honors for a spectacular rookie season. West boasted an 14-1 record through the NISRA Team Championship, as his only loss came in a five-game battle against Trinity's Laurens Coetzee. The rookie advanced to the third round of the Singles Championship, where West fell in four games to eventual runner-up Daniel Ezra of Harvard. West finished his freshman season with a 17-3 record, the best on the team.

Senior Evan Khan (Seattle, WA) claims Honorable Mention status to conclude his collegiate career. The co-captain posted a 2-2 mark at Individual Nationals to cap off a 12-7 season. Khan had earned Second Team honors as a sophomore when Amherst men's squash finished with a 19-2 record and as the No. 2 team in the nation, the squad's finest showing ever.

Amherst men's squash concluded its 1997-98 campaign with a 10-5 record as the third-best team in the nation. The Jeffs cruised to their fourth straight Little III title before avenging a pair of regular season losses to Princeton and Yale at Team Nationals. Before the season began, the four All-Americans along with senior Hayden Felice (Radnor, PA) and junior Stephen Seelbach (Short Hills, NJ) were invited to the Elite Training Camp, a two-day event for the top-16 American collegiate players in the nation and co-sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the United States Squash Racquets Association (USSRA).

1998 NISRA All-America Team

First Team
Marcus Cowie - Trinity
Daniel Ezra - Harvard
David McNeely - Amherst
Amir Give'on - Princton
Peter Yik - Yale
Preston Quick - Trinity
Arif Paul - Denison
Peter Gildenhuys - UWO
Vineet Asthana - F&M
Tim Wyant - Harvard

Second Team
Zafrir Levy - Trinity
Kevin Orphan -Amherst
Ben Fishman - Princeton
Beau River - Dartmouth
Vinay Asthana - F&M
Charlie Saunders - Trinity
Laurens Coetzee - Trinity
Addison West - Amherst
Deepak Abraham - Harvard
Juan Dominguez - Penn

Honorable Mention
Ben-Ari Elias - Rochester
Evan Khan - Amherst
Doug Lam - Yale
Whitten Morris - Williams

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