PHILADELPHIA - After pulling out the decisive victory in the number three position against Princeton, Annie Madeira has been named the College Squash Association Player of the Week for the week ending January 31. Madeira's victory finished off the comeback win against Princeton. At one point in the match, the Quakers were down 4-1, but rallied back to tie the match at four matches each. With only one player left on the Court, Madeira, the Quakers needed her to come through to finish off the upset.
Madeira, who was playing her high school teammate, Libby Eyre from Episcopal Academy, certainly rose to the challenge. After dropping the first game 11-4 to the 20th ranked player in the country, she stormed back to claim the next three games, (11-8, 11-8, 11-5). In her post-match interview, Madeira showed why she is such a respected leader among her teammates. The senior captain quickly downplayed the impact of her personal victory in the win over Princeton and pointed to the other four players who also picked up key victories.
The college squash player of the week award is also meant to reward players for their sportsmanship exhibited on the court along with their performance. Head Coach Jack Wyant always speaks highly of Madeira and recently explained what makes her an ideal teammate to look up to.
"She's a fair player who never questions the officiating," stated Wyant. Couple this with the fact that Madeira currently sits at 49 career victories and it is no wonder why everybody around the squash program speaks so favorably about her.
Madeira is currently 7-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in Ivy League competition. Madeira will have two more Ivy League matches that she must get through if she wants to cap off her second undefeated Ivy League season. After these two matches, Madeira and the rest of the Quakers will also have a chance to go up against Stanford. With three top-10 teams coming to Ringe this weekend, the entire Quaker team needs to come up with a similar performance to a week ago. The women's squash team will begin its weekend triple play on Saturday against No. 1 Harvard at noon.
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