NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale senior Alia Aziz has been named the 2010 recipient of the Richey Award, one of the top honors in collegiate squash.
The Richey Award, named after women's squash pioneer Betty Richey, is awarded annually 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." Candidates are evaluated on six criteria: on-court poise and demeanor, skill level and ability, team play, contributions to collegiate squash, leadership, and cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials.
Yale players have now won the Richey Award in five of the past six seasons. Last year, current Yale assistant coach Pamela Anckermann ended Yale's stranglehold on the award as a senior at Mount Holyoke. Prior to that, Yale had won four consecutive Richey Awards. Yale's string of Richey Award winners is a testament to Yale's head coach Dave Talbott, as well as the Yale squash program as a whole.