Feb 22, 2019
HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity first-year Sarahi Lopez was selected as the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year by the league’s coaches. She is the first player since Kanzy El Defrawy (Trinity) in 2013 to sweep the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honor. It also marks the 10th time a Bantam has been selected as the NESCAC Player of the Year. She is the third straight player from Trinity (Vanessa Raj – 2017, Min Jie Teh – 2018) to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors and the Bantams have collected the award for the eighth time overall. Lopez owns a record of 13-2 playing at the No. 1 position for Trinity.
Tufts head coach Joe Raho was selected as the NESCAC Women’s Squash Coach of the Year and also earned the NESCAC Men’s Squash Coach of the Year honor. He led the Jumbos to a fifth-place finish, the highest in program history at the 2019 NESCAC Championship. The second-year head coach is the first Jumbo coach to receive the accolade. He is the first coach to sweep both men’s and women’s coach of the year honors since Mark Lewis of Middlebury achieved the feat in 2017.
Trinity led the All-NESCAC honorees with six players being recognized. Bates, Middlebury, Tufts and Williams were represented by three players each.
Joining Lopez on the All-NESCAC First Team are junior Salma Alam El Din and sophomore Min Jie Teh. Alam El Din repeats as an All-NESCAC First Team honoree and was a Second Team selection in 2017. She stands at 7-1 playing at the No. 3 position. Min Jie Teh was the Rookie of the Year last season and a Second Team honoree last season. She is 16-1 as the No. 2 player for the Bantams who captured their 13th straight NESCAC title this season.
Bates senior Kristyna Alexova picks up her fourth All-NESCAC accolade. She was the 2016 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and earned First Team honors that same season. In 2017, she repeated as a First Team selection and earned a spot on the Second Team in 2018. Alexova is 13-5 at the No. 2 position for the Bobcats. Junior and teammate Luca Polgar owns a record of 15-2 at the No. 1 spot on the ladder. She is on the First Team for the third straight season.
Senior Esther Baek and sophomore Julia Ward led Williams to NESCAC Runner-Up honors at this year’s championship. Baek has 11 wins at the No. 2 position and moves to the First Team after back-to-back Second Team honors in 2017 and 2018. Ward has nine wins at the top spot on the Ephs’ ladder and was a Second Team selection last year.
Claire Davidson, a junior at Tufts, helped the Jumbos post their highest finish at the 2019 NESCAC Championship after finishing in fifth place. She has seven wins playing at the No. 1 spot and earns her second All-NESCAC accolade of her career after being named to the First Team in 2017.
Middlebury senior Beatrijs Kuijpers is an All-NESCAC selection for the fourth year in a row and is on the First Team for the third straight season. The Panthers’ No. 1 player, who garnered Second Team honors in has eight wins this season.
Wesleyan sophomore Aditi Prasad is a newcomer to the All-NESCAC First Team, earning her first career accolade. She recorded eight victories playing No. 1 for the Cardinals this season.
Women's Squash All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year: Sahari Lopez, Trinity
Rookie of the Year: Sahari Lopez, Trinity
Coach of the Year: Joe Raho, Tufts