Sometimes, achieving greatness leads an athlete to rest on her laurels.
Luckily, for Penn women’s squash, that could not be more untrue of junior Reeham Sedky. After finishing the 2016-17 season 15-0 in the No. 1 slot during team matches and winning all kinds of postseason awards, Sedky came back to post an equally incredible season, for which she was named Ivy League Player of the Year for the second straight time.
Last year, she dropped only two sets all season — an incredible feat for any squash player, let alone the number one on a competitive team. However, Sedky saw no reason she couldn’t improve. In the 2017-18 season, she dropped only a single set en route to an 11-0 record.
Sedky was named Ivy League Player of the Year as a sophomore, and now, again, she is being named the top player in the best college squash conference in the country. She is the only player in Penn history to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards.
Her season had a number of highlights making her deserving of the honor of 2017-18 Ivy League Player of the Year, including a sweep of Harvard star Sabrina Sohby. The Crimson have won four straight national championships, but that didn’t stop Sedky from taking handily defeating their top player.
The natural next step for Sedky seems to be the College Squash Association Individual Tournament, which will be held in early March at George Washington. The past two years, Sedky fell just short, losing in the championship match at the end of both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Although Penn fell short as a team this year in the Howe Cup, Sedky stayed perfect throughout the postseason and may be poised to finally demonstrate that she is not only the best squash player in the Ivy League, but the best in the country as well.