PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's squash team had four players named Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Scholar Athletes in 2009. Seniors Allie Friedman and Anita Sellerswith juniors Christina Matthias and Sydney Scott received the honor, which were announced at the 2009 Howe Cup. To be considered for the CSA Scholar Athlete honor the player most play in at least 75 percent of the matches and post a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Friedman posted a 1-0 record at the No. 9 slot. She defeated Heather Binnie of Dartmouth (9-3,9-1,7-9,0-9,9-6) in an exciting five game match. Friedman also played a considerable amount of matches at No. 10. She is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sellers saw increased match time as a senior playing the majority of her matches at the No. 9, but played as high as No. 8 versus Cornell, finishing the season 3-8. Sellers is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Junior Matthias played at the No. 4 and No. 5 position throughout the season and posted a 7-4 record overall. Matthias defeated Trinity’s Caroline Henry (9-2, 9-5, 9-1) in a crucial match to help push Penn to a 5-4 victory over the Bantams. Matthias was named Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area in 2008 and is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Scott is one of Penn’s best weapons on the court. This season, she played the majority of her matches at No. 2, but also played as high as No. 1, posting an 8-3 overall record, 1-0 at No. 1. Scott went 3-0 at both the 2009 and 2008 Howe Cup. She is a two-time second-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy. Scott finished the 2008 season ranked No. 13 in the nation. She is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Head Coach Jack Wyant was pleased with the recognitions the players received.
“I am thrilled they were recognized for their work in the classroom, in addition toon thecourt,” he said. “They are fine examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.”