Six Trinity Women's Squash Players Earn Post-Season Honors
Bantam Rookie Hathway Takes Top NESCAC Award
Hartford, Conn., June 1, 2010 – Trinity College women’s squash senior Nayelly Hernandez (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) and freshman Pamela Hathway were each selected to the 2009-10 College Squash Association (CSA) All-American First Team, while senior Tehani Guruge (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and sophomore Nour Bahgat (Cairo, Egypt) each graced the CSA All-American Second Team. Hathway, who was also honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, Bahgat, and Hernandez, earned spots on the All-NESCAC First Team, while Guruge, senior captain Jo-Ann Jee (Kuching, Malaysia) and freshman Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland) were named to the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Trinity, coached by Wendy Bartlett, posted a 16-2 overall record, setting a College record for wins in a season, and won its fourth straight NESCAC Championship title. The Bantams were selected for the CSA National Team Championship Tournament (Howe Cup) for the 15th straight season, advancing to the semifinals with a 9-0 win over Stanford in the quarterfinal round. Trinity lost a tough, 5-4 match to Pennsylvania before closing the season with a 6-3 road triumph against Yale in the Third Place Match.
Hernandez, a three-time All-American and All-NESCAC selection and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2007-08, posted a 13-5 record this season, playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in the lineup. Hernandez finished ranked No. 7 in the nation among individuals, and completes her fine Trinity career with a 40-13 record. An alum of Salesiano High School and a 2010 NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Hernandez came to Trinity after a year at the University of San Luis Potosi and graduated in May with a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Luis del Carman Hernandez.
Hathway played her way into the top spot in the Bantam lineup and earned a 17-3 record (T3rd on team in wins) for a team-high .850 winning percentage. Hathway won four matches by 3-0 scores to advance to the CSA National Singles Championship (Ramsay Division) Finals in March, before suffering a 3-2 defeat against Harvard’s Lauren Gemmell in the championship match, and finished ranked No. 2 nationally among individuals. She is also a member of the German Junior National and National Teams.
Guruge, a two-time All-American and All-NESCAC honoree and a three-year starter for the Bantams, was 16-4 this season at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions in the lineup, and won all three of her matches in the Howe Cup. Guruge, who finished 2009-10 ranked No. 25 in the nation among individuals, completes her fine career with a 59-18 record (4th all-time at Trinity in wins) at Trinity. She is also a member of the Sri Lankan Junior National and National Teams and is the No. 1-ranked player in her native country. An alum of Musaeus College, Guruge graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in economics. She is the daughter of Jayasiri and Swarni Guruge.
Bahgat, a two-time All-American and All-NESCAC First Teamer and the 2009 NESCAC Player of the Year, was 10-3 this winter including wins in all three of her matches at the No. 2 spot in the lineup at the Howe Cup. She finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation among individuals, despite an early-season injury that hampered her attempt to defend her 2009 CSA National Singles Championship crown. A graduate of Ramses Girls’ College, Bahgat is majoring in psychology, physiotherapy, and energy therapy at Trinity.
Jee, a Second Team All-American in 2007 and 08 and an All-NESCAC First Team honoree a year ago, posted a 17-6 mark (T3rd on team in wins) predominantly at the No. 5 and 6 spots in the lineup this winter. Jee won five consecutive matches to advance to the CSA National Singles Championship “B” Tournament (Malloy Division featuring players ranked No. 33-96) Finals in March, before suffering a 3-2 defeat against Harvard’s Katherine O’Donnell in the championship match. She completes her fine career with a 63-20 record, which ranks her No. 2 all-time at Trinity in wins. A graduate of St. Joseph High School and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Jee graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biochemistry. She is the daughter of Sally and Francis Jee.
Hodgson was 13-5 this season at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions in the lineup. A graduate of Westford Academy, Hodgson has represented her native Scotland on several National Teams. She is the daughter to Liz Rhooges and Michael Hodgson