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Women's Squash All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

Women's Squash All-Ivy, Postseason Awards Announced

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Penn’s Reeham Sedky Salah and Harvard’s Gina Kennedy received the Ivy League women’s squash postseason awards following a vote of the Ancient Eight head coaches.

Harvard’s Mike Way was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, Penn sophomore Reeham Sedky Salah was selected as the Player of the Year and Harvard freshman Gina Kennedy was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year.

Sedky Salah posted an unblemished 15-0 campaign at the No. 1 position for the Quakers—who spent the season ranked No. 2 in the nation and finished as the runner-up at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships. The Sammamish, Wash., product also went 7-0 in Ivy League play, sweeping the top players from around the Ancient Eight. Sedky Salah was the runner-up for the CSA Individual National Championship for the second-straight year.

Kennedy split time between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the Crimson, posting a 2-0 mark at No. 1 and an 8-2 record at No. 2. The Beckenham, United Kingdom, native was 2-0 at No. 1 and 3-1 at No. 2 in Ivy League competition. Kennedy earned a pair of national titles this season, helping No. 1 Harvard to a 7-2 win over No. 2 Penn to claim the Howe Cup and defeating Sedky Salah 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7 to earn the Ramsay Cup.

Way guided the No. 1-ranked Crimson to a 15-0 record and their third-straight and 16th all-time national title this season. Five of Harvard’s Howe Cups have been won under Way’s tutelage (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). His Crimson also went 7-0 en route to their second-straight and 21st all-time Ivy League crown. Way coached Kennedy to the CSA individual title, which was the fifth Ramsay Cup win for Harvard during his tenure. The previous four were won by four-time Ivy League Player of the Year Amanda Sobhy (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).  

Sedky Salah and Kennedy were 2-of-4 unanimous First Team All-Ivy selections, joining Columbia junior Tanvi Khanna (New Delhi, India) and Harvard sophomore Sabrina Sobhy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.).

Ivy League and national champion Harvard claimed 4-of-11 First Team All-Ivy slots, with freshman Amelia Henley (Kent, United Kingdom) and sophomore Kayley Leonard (Harrison, N.Y.) earning recognition alongside Kennedy and Sobhy. Three members of the Ivy League and national runner-up Quakers were honored—Sedky Salah, junior Melissa Alves (Kourou, French Guiana) and junior Marie Stephan (Nimes, France).

Princeton and Yale, which finished third and fourth in the Ivy League standings, also earned First Team All-Ivy recognition. Junior Olivia Fiechter (Chestnut Hill, Pa.) represented the Tigers, while senior Jenny Scherl (South Orange, N.J.) and freshman Lucy Beecroft (Newcastle, England) earned All-Ivy nods for the Bulldogs.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Reeham Sedky Salah, Penn (So. – Sammamish, Wash.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Gina Kennedy, Harvard (Fr. – Beckenham, United Kingdom)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Way, Harvard

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
* Tanvi Khanna, Columbia (Jr. – New Delhi, India)
* Sabrina Sobhy, Harvard (So. – Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
* Gina Kennedy, Harvard (Fr. – Beckenham, United Kingdom)
Amelia Henley, Harvard (Fr. – Kent, United Kingdom)
Kayley Leonard, Harvard (So. – Harrison, N.Y.)
* Reeham Sedky Salah, Penn (So. – Sammamish, Wash.)
Melissa Alves, Penn (Jr. – Kourou, French Guiana)
Marie Stephan, Penn (Jr. – Nimes, France)
Olivia Fiechter, Princeton (Jr. – Chestnut Hill, Pa.)
Jenny Scherl, Yale (Sr. – South Orange, N.J.)
Lucy Beecroft, Yale (Fr. – Newcastle, England)

* Unanimous Selection
^ First Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting