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Maria Elena Ubina Earns Tigers' Fourth Rookie Award; Trio Earns All-America

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/26/2014
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Maria Elena Ubina is the 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in women's squash.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

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Freshman Maria Elena Ubina showed that the future is bright for the Princeton women’s squash program throughout her first season in Orange and Black, and her steady play was rewarded with multiple postseason honors.

After joining teammates Libby Eyre and Nicole Bunyan on the 2014 All-America list, Ubina was named the 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, as well as a member of the All-Ivy League team.

Ubina is only the fourth Tiger to win the Ivy League Rookie of the Year honor in women’s squash, and the first in more than 15 years. She joins a list that includes Katherine Johnson (1994), Missy Wyant (1995) and Julia Beaver (1998).

Ubina was Princeton’s No. 1 player throughout the season, and she helped the Tigers earn a No. 5 ranking by the end of the season. As the No. 1 player, she typically competed against the top competitors in the nation, and her only four losses during the regular season came to the four players who made the CSA national individual semifinals this season.

Ubina fell one game short of the national semifinal, losing her quarterfinal 11-7 in the final game.

"I was excited to see Maria Elena recognized as Ivy Rookie of the Year," head coach Gail Ramsay said. "She came into the lineup at the number one spot and held it all season. She is one of Princeton's top freshmen in our 43-year history, and I am looking forward to see her grow and lead the team over the next four seasons."

Ubina and Eyre, a senior co-captain, were both members of the All-America First Team. Eyre, a four-time All-America honoree, dealt with injuries during the majority of the Ivy League season, but she returned in time for the Howe Cup and had a key win at the No. 2 position over Yale All-America Kimberley Hay.

Eyre has been a Top 10 player in each of the last three years, and she was a key member of Princeton’s 2013 Ivy League championship squad.

Another key member of that team was Bunyan, who earned Second-Team All-America honors after a terrific 2014 season. Bunyan played No. 3 at Princeton and reached the second round of the individual championships before falling to eventual finalist Kanzy El Defrawy of Trinity.

Like Eyre, Bunyan had a key win over Yale during the Howe Cup quarterfinal.

Bunyan was part of the Princeton All-Access focus on the men’s and women’s squash teams during the season.

2013-14 Women's Squash All-Ivy
Danielle Letourneau, Cornell *(Jr. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Jessenia Pacheco, Cornell (Sr. - Bronx, N.Y.)
Amanda Sobhy, Harvard * (Jr. - Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
Haley Mendez, Harvard * (Jr. - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Katie Tutrone, Harvard * (Fr. - Baltimore)
Anaka Alankamony, Penn * (Fr. - Chennai, India)
Yan Xin Tan, Penn * (So. - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Maria Elena Ubina, Princeton * (Fr. - Stamford, Conn.)
Mille Tomlinson, Yale * (Sr. - Derbyshire, U.K.)
Kim Hay, Yale * (Sr. - Newcastle, U.K.)

Player of the Year
Amanda Sobhy, Harvard * (Jr. - Sea Cliff, N.Y.)

Rookie of the Year
Maria Elena Ubina, Princeton (Fr. - Stamford, Conn.)

*denotes unanimous selection







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