MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Laila Samy of the 21st-ranked Wesleyan University women's squash team has been named a 2018 Betty Richey Award finalist—the most prestigious annual individual honor bestowed by the College Squash Association (CSA). She is joined by Princeton University's Olivia Fiechter and Raneem Sharaf of Trinity College.
The Richey Award is given to the women's college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership. The winner is determined by a vote of both coaches and players—each varsity team may cast one coach vote and one team vote. The Richey awardee will be announced on the Sunday of the women's team nationals, Feb. 18.
Samy, a three-time First Team All-American, is a perfect 21-0 this season playing in the No. 1 spot. She has led the Cardinals all throughout her career and is an incredible 80-1 overall in regular season action since joining the program as a freshman. In 2016, Samy reached the semifinals of the college individual championships.
"Laila is at heart a team player and as a coach I could not have asked for more in Laila's passion towards her teammates succeeding on and off the court," said head coach Shona Kerr. "I consider her as an extension of the coaching staff and she has always gone above and beyond to help her teammates improve.
"Laila is well-liked and respected by other coaches, officials and players on other teams. She has grown as a player and as a person over her college career and will go on to be a great ambassador for college squash as she looks to pursue a career in the sport."
Samy will lead the Cardinals at the 2018 College Women's Team Championships this weekend at Harvard. Wesleyan, ranked No. 21 in the country with a 10-11 record, will compete in the Walker Division (C) beginning Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. against No. 20 Franklin and Marshall. The winner advances to the second round Saturday, Feb. 17 (11:15 a.m.) to face the winner of No. 17 Dickinson and No. 24 Colby. The three-day tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wesleyan won the consolation finals of the Walker Division last season.