Feb 19, 2018
Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior tri-captain Raneem Sharaf (Cairo, Egypt) was selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 Betty Richey Women's Squash Award, given annually to the 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 Betty Richey Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the College Squash Association (CSA). It 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 other two nominees are Princeton's Olivia Fiechter and Wesleyan's Laila Samy, and the award was given to Samy on Sunday, February 18.
Sharaf has an 11-3 record this winter, playing at the No. 1 position for the 12-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champions and helped lead the Bantams to a runner-up finish in the CSA National Team Championships (Howe Cup). Sharaf is also a three-time CSA All-American and finished the 2016-17 campaign ranked as the No. 5 player in the nation. As a rookie, she was awarded Trinity's most valuable player as she went 2-1 at the No 2. position in the Howe Cup to lead the Bantams to a second place finish.
"Raneem's on court poise and demeanor is superlative," says Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett. "While putting pressure on her opponents with her powerful drives and quick court coverage, she demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship. Whether she is winning or losing, Raneem shows fairness and grace. Throughout the past four years, Raneem has been driven to be one of the best intercollegiate squash players, and at the same time be an outstanding role model."