Over the summer, the men’s and women’s squash teams announced the addition of four fresh faces to their respective rosters for the 2012-13 season. Women’ head coach Julee Devoy welcomes Brynn Daniels, Abbey Foster, Reut Odinak and Olivia Wherry to her squad, which will return eight of its 10 letterwinners from last year. The Red placed sixth as a team at the College Squash Association’s Howe Cup.
Daniels comes to the Red, ranking ninth in the Canadian Squash Under-19 division as of early July. She won a gold medal with Team British Columbia during the 2011 Canada Winter Games held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Competing at the 2011 Canadian Junior Open, Daniels took sixth place. Later in the year she participated in the Alberta Jesters tournament, where she was honored with the sportsmanship award.
Joining Daniels is another talented player in the Canadian Squash Under-19 division. Foster ranks third in the country in that division, as well as first in British Columbia. She finished third in the 2012 U-19 Canadian Junior Squash Championships and won a gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, where she served as captain of Team British Columbia. Foster has also competed in both team and individual events with Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Women’s Championships. Additionally, she captured the U15 title in 2009.
A native of Seattle, Wash., Odinak comes to the Red having competed for four years at the Overlake School. Ranked 31st in the U.S. Squash Under-19 division as of early July, Odinak won a gold medal while playing with the U.S. in the 2009 junior team event at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel; she also won a bronze during an individual event. Odinak has other experience on the international level, having competed in the German Open and Dutch Open in the Under-17 events, placing 13th and 16th, respectively.
Rounding out the four fresh faces, Wherry joins the Red after serving as captain for her high school’s first-year squash program. The Saint Ann’s School squad captured sixth place with Wherry at the high school national championships during her senior year. Ranking 29th in the U.S. Squash Under-19 division, Wherry played club squash with Heights Casino in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was the 2009 Dana Hall Junior Girls Open champion, placed 15th at the 2010 Pioneer Junior Open and 10th at the 2011 Dutch Junior Open and ranked as high as 11th during the 2010-11 season in the Under-17 division.
On the other side of the courts, the men’s squad — led by head coach Mark Devoy — welcomes Graham Dietz, Karan Kankariya, Geoff Keating and Abhijit Malik to team which will return seven of its 11 letterwinners, who placed fourth as a team at the CSA’s Potter Cup — a program first.
Coming from Saint Ann’s School with Wherry, Dietz competed for four seasons, where he earned the team’s Scholar Athlete award. He was ranked 25th by U.S. Squash. Dietz has international experience, having competed at Can-Am events. His athletic talents are not limited to squash; Dietz also played as an outfielder in baseball and striker in soccer while at Saint Ann’s School.
Kankariya comes to the Red from Cupertino High School in northern California. Sitting 47th in the U19 national rankings, Kankariya played with the California Squash Academy at Los Gatos Squash Club. He also ranked as high as 23rd in the U17 division before moving on to U19.
A familiar face to some members of the team, Keating joins the Cornell squad — following in the steps of his older brother junior Bryan Keating, who has already earned two letters while playing with the Red. Keating earned four letters while at The Potomac School in Maryland, serving as the captain during his senior season and leading the team to its third Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization championship. A three-time MVP by National Capital Squash, Keating was also named the most improved player during the 2009-2012 season.
Malik rounds out the men’s roster, joining the Red after ranking No. 1 at the Sanskrit School. He sat as high as No. 4 in India’s junior rankings in 2011 — ranking second in his state. Malik finished seventh and sixth in 2010 and 2011, respectively, in the U19 division of India’s Junior National Squash Championships. He also finished fifth at the 2011 Indian Junior Open, which ranked him 53rd in the Asian Junior Rankings.
The Red will begin its fall campaign by hosting the Cornell Round Robin from Nov. 16-18 at Belkin International Squash Courts.