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Big Blue Beat: Girls' Varsity Squash Team
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By Caroline Santoro '19

 

Head Coach: Tina Rix-Stout


Last season's highlights:

• Last winter, the Girls' Varsity Squash Team enjoyed a successful season, led by captains Julia Masch '17 (currently playing for Columbia University) and Cece Lesnick '17 (playing tennis at Lafayette College). The Pingry team of 10 girls finished with an impressive record of 9-3.

• They also earned a trip to the National High School Team Championships last February, where they finished with a ranking of #18 in the country.

• Julia, Rachel Chen '18, and Renee Chan '20 also earned entry to compete in the U.S. Squash Junior National Championships, held in Cambridge over Spring Break.

• In the Girls' U19 National Doubles Championship, held in Wilmington, Delaware in early April, Renee and Rachel placed second.

• At the close of the season, Ramsay Vehslage, Head Coach of both the girls' and boys' teams for 15 years, passed leadership of the girls' team to Tina Rix-Stout (he remains Head Coach of the boys' team).
 

What to watch for this season:

• This season, the team is excited to welcome new Head Coach and Pingry's Director of Squash Tina Rix-Stout. She came to Pingry from Episcopal Academy, outside Philadelphia, where she served as Director of Squash and head coach of both the boys' and girls' varsity teams (under her guidance, the boys were national champions for four consecutive years). A professional player herself, she recently ranked as high as #7 in doubles worldwide, and serves as the Head Regional Coach for U.S. Squash.  

• Coach Rix-Stout's main goal for the season is to strengthen team unity. She sees the new squash courts in the Bugliari Athletics Center as "a great opportunity for us to develop and build on our team culture and also provide our players with continuity in practice and matches." (Before the squash courts in Pingry's new Athletics Center, the team practiced at Drew University.) The increased space, she notes, also allows the team to accommodate more players.

• This year's captains, Namita Davey '18 and Rachel Chen '18, will lead a group of 13 players, all of whom are ready to start their first full season in their new home. Their season starts on November 13, with their first match scheduled for December 6 against Blair Academy.

 

Full-court Press: "My aim is to develop a structure to our practices and create an environment that allows everyone to have fun, develop as an individual player, and come together as a team"—Head Coach Tina Rix-Stout


Contact:
Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org