Nicole Vanasse '20 leads Big Blue to another impressive showing.
Pingry's Director of Squash and new Head Coach of the Girls' Varsity Squash Team Tina Rix-Stout joined the Pingry community just last April. In short order, she began applying the same momentum she is known for on the pro squash circuit to developing the school's bourgeoning squash program, which, thanks to the eight new courts in the Bugliari Athletics Center, is now a reality.
Her coaching skill already well established, Mrs. Rix-Stout reaffirmed her talent as a player at the World Squash Doubles Championships in St. Louis last weekend.
One of only four players representing England invited to compete in the championship, she and her partner, Victoria Simmonds, advanced to the Women's Doubles Semifinals, where they fell in a close match to Georgina Stoker and Suzie Pierrepont, who, coincidentally, is Mrs. Rix-Stout's best friend, ranked #1 in the world in doubles! The pair went on to win the event title.
She was equally successful in the Mixed Doubles Championship, advancing to the semifinals with partner (and former colleague, with whom she directed the squash program at Episcopal Academy) John Russell. "Funny story about the mixed doubles championship," Mrs. Rix-Stout says. "Suzie played with my husband, James. They, too, lost in the semifinals, but if we had both won, it would have been a husband versus wife final!"
In 2013, with her partner Carrie Hastings, Mrs. Rix-Stout placed third in the championship.
Currently, Mrs. Rix-Stout plays on the WSA (Women's Squash Association) and WDSA (Women's Doubles Squash Association) world circuits, and is ranked #26 in doubles worldwide (as recently as last spring, she was ranked #7). Next up for the Pingry pro, the NYC Open from November 9–11 and the Briggs Cup from December 8–11.
Congratulations, Mrs. Rix-Stout!
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