Women’s Squash Welcomes Five For 2017-18
Quintet to add depth as Colonials look to return to CSA’s Howe Cup (A-Division)
WASHINGTON – Five student-athletes are slated to join the George Washington women’s squash team for the 2017-18 season, head coach Wendy Lawrence has announced.
The class features Vedika Arunachalam (Tamil Nadu, India), Zuha Nazir (Centerville, Ohio), Zoe Foo Yuk Han (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Aarushi Lakhotia (Saratoga, Calif.), and Haley Hunt (Brookeline, Mass.).
Tamil Nadu, India/Millfield School (UK)
High School/Club: Attended Millifield School in Somerset, United Kingdom … finished fourth at the 2016 Daly College Sub Junior/Junior National Championships … posted second-place finishes at the 2016 Italian Junior Open and the 2016 Austrian Junior Open … took first place at the 2015 Polish Junior Open … finished ninth at the 2015 Sub-Junior/Junior National Championship … earned third at the Bengal Junior Open in 2015 … finished seventh at the 2014 Sub-Junior/Junior National Squash Championship … took ninth at the Indian Junior Open in 2014 … earned eighth place at the Indian Junior Open in 2013 … finished sixth at the Pioneer Junior in 2013 … came in second at the Welsh Junior Open in 2013 … took eighth at the 2013 Czech Junior Open.
Coach Lawrence on Arunachalam: “Vedika is a polished player from India and the Millfield School in the UK who won the 2015 Polish Junior Open and placed fourth in the Indian Junior Nationals in October of 2016. She is a deceptive player and tough to read and we expect her to feature in the top-9 this season.”
High School/Club: Earned national rankings as high as No. 15 for U15, No. 34 for U17 and No. 39 for U19 as an individual player … studied scholastically at Centerville High School.
Coach Lawrence on Nazir: "We are very excited to welcome Zuha to GW. The Ohio native had a solid junior playing career featuring in the top-40 of the US Girls Under 19 Junior Rankings. She is a very quick player on court and we look forward to having her compete for a top-nine spot."
Zoe Foo Yuk Han
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/Bukut Jalil Sports School
High School/Club: Represented Malaysia at the 2017 Asia Junior Squash Championships … won a gold medal at the Junior Women’s Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 … currently the No. 4 GU19 player in Malaysia and the No. 14 World ranked junior … was a 9/12 seed at the 2017 World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga, New Zealand and made it to the Round of 16.
Coach Lawrence on Foo Yuk Han: "Zoe is one of the strongest female players GW has ever recruited. She is currently ranked 14th in the World Junior Squash rankings and was a 9/16 seed at the World Junior Squash Championships in New Zealand this summer. She has represented Malaysia in several international tournaments such as the World Junior Squash Championships and the Asia Junior Squash Championships. We are very excited to have her join the team and expect her to step in and play No. 1."
High School/Club: Ranked 48th in the nation, third in the West Coast region and second in the state of California in the US Squash Girls Under-17 National Rankings … played at US Silver Nationals (April 2016), placing fifth overall in the GU17 division ... ranked as high as 32nd in the nation for GU15 and 36th for GU13 … served as co-captain in the first Northern California High School Championships (2015), helping team to second-place finish.
Coach Lawrence on Lakhotia: "Aarushi is another solid American junior player from California, an up-and-coming squash region. She had a notable junior squash career and we look forward to having her compete for a top-nine spot."
Brookline, Mass./Milton Academy
High School/Club: Competed for nationally ranked Milton Academy Varsity Team … Independent School League (ISL) Honorable Mention selection as a senior … also took fifth place at the No.3 position on the ladder at the New England Interscholastic Individual Championships … helped her team to a 6th place finish at the High School Team Championships in 2016 and finished 4th at No. 6 at the New England Interscholastic Individual Championships … also named Most Improved Player as a junior.
Coach Lawrence on Hunt: "Rhode Island-native Haley Hunt was a member of the squash team at the prestigious Milton Academy. She played #3 for the top-16 program at Milton. We are delighted to have her join the team and have some representation from New England. Haley will likely challenge for a starting position."
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