New Haven, CT — The 2010 Richey Award was presented to Yale University senior Alia Aziz.
The Richey Award is one of the highest individual honors in women’s college squash. Named for Hall of Fame coach Betty Richey, the award is given to the player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her performance, sportsmanship, and leadership. Candidates are evaluated on their on-court poise and demeanor, skill level and ability, team play, contributions to intercollegiate squash, leadership, and their cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials
A three-time All-American, Aziz finished the season ranked 9th in the nation, garnering 2009-2010 All-Ivy honors along the way. She never finished out of the top 25 in her four years of collegiate play.
As senior captain, Aziz led the Bulldogs to a 4th-place finish at the 2010 Women’s National Team Championships (Howe Cup). She played at number 2 and number 3 throughout the season and finished with a 13-4 overall record. Four of those victories were five-game wins, reflecting her tenacious style of play. She also volunteered with Squash Haven, an enrichment program for New Haven youth, during her time at Yale.
Aziz was presented with the Richey Award at this year’s Howe Cup, which was held at Yale. Friends and family cheered her on as she accepted the award. Aziz is the fifth Yale player to win the Richey Award in the last six years.
Aziz is a native of New York, NY, and she played squash at Groton. Her twin brother Sharyar also played squash for Yale.