PHILADELPHIA It is the end of squash season, which means the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships is the last event to be held this year, which will start Friday and carrying through the weekend in Williamstown, Mass. The Penn’s women’s squash team, who finished fourth in the nation following the Howe Cup, will send four of its top players to the tournament in the Ramsay division the top division in the tournament. Headlined by No. 2 Kristen Lange, the Quakers will send Lange, No. 21 Alisha Turner, No. 27 Britt Hebden and No. 34 Christina Matthias. Due to injury Sydney Scott, ranked eighth in the nation, will miss the CSA Individuals.
Lange is no stranger to the CSA Individuals, in 2008 she fell in the finals to top-ranked Miranda Ranieri of Yale, 3-1 (10-8, 9-5, 5-9, 9-6) and in 2007 lost, 3-1 to No. 1 seed Harvard’s Kyla Grig in the finals of the Ramsay Division. This season, Lange finished 12-2 with both defeats at the hands of No. 1 Nour Bahgat of Trinity. Lange played all of her matches at the No. 1 slot for the Quakers and every match, but one of Lange’s wins was decided in three games. She is a two-time first-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy, in addition to 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. With two years of familiarity with the CSA Individuals, Lange is looking to exploit freshmen Bahgat’s inexperience and avenge her only season losses to claim her first title.
Turner will join Lange at the CSA Individuals as a two time second-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy player. Ranked No. 21 heading into the tournament, Turner played the majority of her matches for the Quakers at No. 3 and No. 4, but played as high as No. 2. She finished the season with a 10-3 overall record and went 2-1 at this year’s Howe Cup. In 2008, Turner finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation after finishing the season 8-1.
This season’s CSA Individuals will be Hebden’s second trip to the tournament as she reached the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket of the Ramsay Division in 2008. The junior posted an 8-6 record at the No. 3 and No. 4 slots and went 6-1 in the first seven matches of the season.
Matthias will be the fourth and final Quaker sent to the CSA Individuals. Matthias was an integral part to Penn success this season as she played the majority of her matches at No. 4 and No. 5. She finished the season 9-4 including 2-1 at the Howe Cup. Matthias contributed a key victory in Penn’s regular season win to Trinity, 5-4. She defeated Pamela Jimenez in three short games. Matthias has been to the CSA Individuals once before in her career, 2007, when she advanced to the semifinal round of the Holleran division.
Head coach Jack Wyant is extremely excited for the upcoming weekend and believes he is sending a strong set of players to the tournament.
“I am looking forward to the weekend,” he said. “All the girls are in good form and I am excited and optimistic for their outcome this weekend.”