BELLEVUE, Wash. Freshman Kristen Lange, of the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team, won the Under 19 U.S. Junior Open Championship Tuesday. Lange, the No. 3 seed, won all but one match by a 3-0 count and knocked off the Nos. 1 and 2 in the process.
Lange defeated Annie Barouh in the Round of 32 and Julie Cerullo in the Round of 16 by 3-0 counts. Playing near her hometown of Woodinville, Wash. She picked up another 3-0 win in the quarterfinals over Rebecca Hazell. In the semifinals, Lange was matched up against No. 2 seed Logan Greer, who defeated Lange in the U.S. Nationals in February 2006. This time Lange returned the favor winning 3-2. In the finals, Lange downed No. 1 seed Deon Saffery of England, 3-0.
“I’m very proud of her performance,” said Penn Head Coach Jack Wyant. “This is a testament to all the hard work she put in since last February when she lost to Greer. However there’s still a lot left for her to do.”
In her short time at Penn, Lange is already building an impressive resume. Not only does she have a 2-1 record in dual matches, but she advanced to the final at the Constable Invitational back in November.
“It’s always an honor to win this tournament,” said Lange. “Being from the area, it was great for my family and friends to be there, it really made it for me. It was great competition and it was great to win after such a hectic week.”
Lange and a few of her teammates will compete in the William White Invitational Jan. 5-7.