PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania women’s squash head coach Jack Wyant has announced his incoming class for the 2009-10 season. The program’s Class of 2013 will include five recruited student-athletes.
“The class of 2013 is one of the deepest classes and most talented in the history of Penn women's squash,” said Wyant. “This class is geographically diverse, representing the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest and Southeast Asia. I expect this young group will live up to the hype by dedicating themselves to constant improvement and putting the teams’ interests above their own.”
The squash program’s Class of 2013 hails from five different locations, including three different states, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
The five incoming student-athletes will join six returning letterwinners, including Kristen Lange and Sydney Scott who received first-team All-America and All-Ivy honors last season. Lange was also named Ivy League Player of the Year after going undefeated in Ivy play. The Red and Blue finished the 2008-09 season 10-4, including 5-2 in the Ancient Eight, and ended the season ranked fourth in the nation.
PREVIEWING THE PENN WOMEN’S SQUASH CLASS OF 2013...
Li Po Chun United World College
High School: Individual quarterfinalist with team finishing second at the Asian Junior Championships in 2007 and semifinalist in 2006 ... Won the Girls U18 individual tournament at the All Malaysia’s School Sports Tournament, with team also taking first ... Finished second at the 2004 U17 Hong Kong Junior Open ... Team finished fifth at the 2005 World Junior Women’s Championships ... 2005 High School Athlete of the Year ... School prefect ... Habitat for Humanity volunteer ... Student of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
Personal: Daughter of Noriah Ishak and Ariffin Rahmat ... Sisters, Nessrine and Nattasha, are internationally competitive squash players ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
St. Teresa’s Secondary School
High School: Member of Malaysian Women’s World Junior Team in 2009 ... Fourth at the 2008 Penang International Junior Open U19 bracket ... 2006 and 2007 State Junior Carnival U19 champion ... Second at the 2006 Dutch Junior Championships ... 2006 Milo All-Star International champion ... 2005 Hong Kong Junior Open U15 Champion ... Finished second at the 2004 U15 Hong Kong Junior Open.
Personal: Daughter of Felecity Lee and Kenneth Goh ... Father is currently a state squash coach ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences
High School: Finished fourth at the 2009 U19 Junior Closed Nationals ... Placed second at the 2007 and 2008 U17 Junior Closed Nationals ... Leader of the diversity club and environmental club.
Personal: Daughter of Yael and Gilad Odinak ... Younger sister, Reut, is also a nationally competitive squash player ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Pepper Pike, Ohio
High School: Reached quarterfinals of the consolation division at the 2009 U19 Nationals ... Finished 2007-08 season ranked in U17 .... Finished fourthat 2007 U17 Hunter Lott Tournament ... Won the 2006 U17 Hunter Lott Tournament ... Lettered four years in golf ... First-team all-conference in 2007-08 ... Received the Old Board Award given to the most outstanding senior varsity player ... Habitat for Humanity volunteer ... Writing Center tutor.
Personal: Daughter of Mona and Rajiv Trikha ... Brother, Nikhil, played squash at Columbia ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
West Hartford, Conn.
High School: Lettered six years in squash ... Won the number one flight of B New England Championships in 2006 and 2009 ... Team most valuable player 2005-09 ... Received the 2009 Ketcham Award from the U.S. Squash Association ... Also lettered in tennis and volleyball ... Volleyball team won the New England Small School Championships 2005-07 ... Tennis team won Founders League championships in 2007 and 2009.
Personal: Daughter of Amy and Phillip Vogel ... Sister, Jessica, played squash and golf at Colby College ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.