PHILADELPHIA Head Coach Jack Wyant of the Penn women’s squash team has announced his Class of 2010. The four-member class, which includes three Under-19 United States national team members, promises to be one of the strongest in the nation. All four are ranked among the nation’s best in junior play. The quartet will join a Quaker team that finished ranked fifth in the nation in 2005-06.
Britt Hebden (Penn Charter/Philadelphia, Pa.), Kristen Lange (Woodinville/Woodinville, Wash.), Christina Matthias (Penn Charter/Philadelphia, Pa.), and Sydney Scott (Taft School/Wilmington, Del.) will all join the Quakers after highly successful junior squash careers.
"The Class of 2010 is a very talented group,” Wyant said. “I am very excited to begin working with them. With dedication and effort they can have a big impact on the program. Much is expected of this group."
Hebden, a Philadelphia native and Penn Charter product along with Matthias, is currently ranked seventh in the United State in the junior U19 division. A current member of the U.S. Junior Women’s Squash Team, she is a former champion of the U.S. National Closed U15 tournament, the Hunter Lott U19 tournament, and Princeton Junior U17 tournament, and was the PSRA Women’s Open champion in 2003. Hebden has played abroad extensively as a junior, and has been a finalist at the 2003 and 2004 Dutch U17 Junior Opens and 2003 Canadian U17 Junior Open. She is currently ranked seventh in the world and is the top American in the WISPA Rising Star rankings, and is 81st in the world overall rankings. At Penn Charter, she helped her team to this year’s Inter-Ac league title and a second-place finish at High School Nationals.
Lange, a native of Woodinville, Wash., has proven herself to be one of the country’s top junior players. Currently ranked second in the nation in the U19 division and fourth U25, Lange has won two U.S. Junior Closed championships, in the U19 and U17 divisions, and was the 2004 U.S. Open U17 champion. Lange was the Princeton Junior Championship U19 Champion in 2005 and a Hunter Lott U19 finalist in 2004, and won the Canadian Women’s A championship in 2004. She was most recently the third-place finisher at the U.S. Junior Nationals. She is also a member of the U.S. Junior Women’s Squash Team.
Matthias, who is a Philadelphia native and attends Penn Charter with Hebden, makes the move to West Philadelphia as the nation’s 11th-ranked U19 player. She most recently made the round of 16 at the 2006 U.S. Junior Nationals and 2005 U.S. Junior Open Gold. At the 2005 U17 Closed Nationals, Matthias placed second and finished the year ranked fourth in the U17 division. Matthias went undefeated and was the co-captain of Charter’s Inter-Ac championship team this season.
Scott, a native of Wilmington, Del., is fourth in the national U19 rankings. A member of the U.S. Junior Women’s Squash Team along with Hebden and Lange, Scott was a quarterfinalist and consolation bracket champion at the 2005 U.S. Junior Open Gold. She has been ranked in the top five of every age bracket and was the nation’s top U17 player. Scott was also the New England Champion during her junior and senior years of high school.
Penn finished the 2005-06 season ranked fifth in the nation after a 10-5 campaign.