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Courtesy: Hunter Martin
Five Women's Squash Players Earn All-American Honors
Courtesy: Justin Grube, athletic communications  
Release:  03/25/2011

PHILADELPHIA - The postseason awards continue to come in for the women's squash team as five players have earned All-American Status following the 2010-11 season. Rachael Goh earned First-Team All-American Honors, while Nabilla Ariffin, Annie Madeira, Pia Trikha, and Yarden Odinak earned Second-Team All-American Accolades. Penn was also the most represented squad on the All-American list with its five recipients. The Ivy League was very well represented as Harvard finished up the season with four players earning All-American, while Yale and Princeton each had three. Trinity had the highest total of non-Ivy League schools with two All-Americans.

Goh takes home her First Team All-American Honor following her memorable run to the quarterfinal round of the CSA Individual Championships.  Goh entered the Individual Championships as the 12th seeded player in the tournament. Following a victory in the opening round to move into the Round of 16, Goh then defeated fifth-seeded Pamela Hathaway of Trinity in a five-game match. She then ended her season on a tough match against fourth-seeded Julie Cerullo of Princeton in the quarterfinal round. However, Goh's performance all season long was strong enough to finish as the 10th ranked individual at the end of the year.

Ariffin, finished just outside of the top-10 at season's end. She entered the Individual Championships as the ninth-seeded player and won her first match to advance to the Round of 16. However, she would fall in a tight three-game match against Pamela Chua of Stanford. Ariffin won her first match in the second-round consolation bracket, but would lose to Hathaway in the consolation semi-final. This is the second time in as many years that Ariffin has earned second-team All-American honors.

Madeira capped of her collegiate career at Penn with her first All-American Honors. She followed a similar path to Ariffin in the Championship bracket, winning her first match before losing a five-game match against third-seeded Logan Greer of Yale. Madeira had another difficult draw as she was paired up with Valeria Weins of Dartmouth in the consolations and fell in four games. She finished her season as the 14th ranked player in the country with a 13-4 overall record. Madeira finishes her four years at Penn with 55 career victories.

Trikha earned second-team All-American Honors following her season in which she went 16-2, including a 14 match winning streak to start out the season. In the first round of the Individual Championships, Trikha drew the eventual National Champion, Millie Tomlinson of Yale. Trikha would come back to win two consolation matches, including the unenviable task of defeating her own teammate, Odinak, in her second win. She would finish the Individual Championships 2-2 after a loss to Cecilia Cortes of Harvard in the Consolation Semi's. She finished her season as the 19th ranked player in the country.

Odinak was the final women's squash player to earn All-American Honors following her 14-3 season, including a 13 match win that continued all the way into the Howe Cup. Odinak finished the Individual Championships with a 1-2 record. She nearly pulled the first round upset before falling in five games. The five-game result in the first consolation match would go in her favor during her next match, but her season would end on the aforementioned loss to Trikha in her second consolation match. She finished the season as the 22nd ranked player nationally.

Goh, Ariffin, Trikha, and Odinak all recently completed their sophomore seasons and have two more years to make their way up the national rankings. With a solid core of returning players in addition to the four returning All-Americans, Penn will certainly be a team to watch in the near fut

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