Two Quakers Named to All-Ivy Squash Teams

Princeton, N.J. -University of Pennsylvaniasophomores Paula Pearson and Gilly Lane were named to the All-Ivy League squash teams following the 2004-05 season. It was the second-consecutive season in which both received the honor.

Pearson, a native of Calgary, Canada, compiled a 6-9 overall record and a 3-3 Ivy League record on the season. She also helped her team to a sixth-place finish at the Howe Cup and was the only Quaker to advance past the first round of play at the Individual Championships.

Said Head Coach Jack Wyant of Pearson, “ Paula’s work ethic and desire make her a joy to coach. She is constantly looking for ways to improve her game. I anticipate, in her final two years at Penn, that the best is yet to come from Paula.”

On the men’s side, Lane, a native of Wyndmoor, Pa., finished the season with an 8-10 overall record and a 2-4 record in Ivy League play. As the No. 12 seed, he was the only member of the Red and Blue to advance past the first round of the Individual Championships. Earlier he had helped propel the Quakers to their best finish in over 10 years, closing out the season ranked fifth in the nation.

“Gilly is the student-athlete that every coach wants on their team,” said Head Coach Craig Thorpe-Clark. “He turns up early, works hard and is always striving to improve himself. He takes the same approach in the classroom as the court and the guy. His game has gone up several levels this year and he can challenge and play with the best. All of the top layers are very wary of playing him. His fast style of play commands respect and he always brings his “A” game to every match. His national ranking of 12 and selection as an All-Ivy player is a reflection of his commitment and dedication. Despite his individual success he is a real team player.”

The woman’s squash team finished the season with a 4-5 overall dual meet record and a 2-3 mark against Ivy League competition. The men’s team closed out the season with a 9-4 overall dual meet record, 3-2 in the League.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant