National squash player S. Sivasangari has been named as the Ivy League Player of the Year.
The 23-year-old, who is now a final year student at Cornell University in the US, is the first player from the university to receive the award.
In addition, the Kedahan lass also made it into the All-Ivy League team, alongside fellow Malaysian Lai Wen Li, reported the New Straits Times (NST).
"This award means a lot to me since it's the first time I'm getting it and it's also the first time I won all my matches in the season.
"It's a sort of an icing on the cake for my college career but it's not the end yet as I still want to win the CSA individual tournament, which is coming up in two weeks' time," the daily quoted her saying, further giving a shoutout to her coaches David Palmer and Mark Burke, as well as her team at the Cornell University.
Sivasangari recently chalked up an unbeaten 12-0 record in the regular College Squash Association season.
The world number 26 player's achievement achievement was posted in the university's official sports website https://cornellbigred.com on Wednesday, reported Bernama. She is also the country's No 1 player.
Ivy League is an American collegiate athletic conference, comprising prestigious and highly selective universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia.
The other members of the All-Ivy League Team comprise Hong Kong’s Sin Yuk Chan, Egyptian Farida Mohamed, Habiba Mohamed (Columbia); Egypt’s Hana Moataz and Habiba Eldafrawy, Americans Marina Stefanoni and Serena Daniel (Harvard), and Canadian Andrea Toth (Princeton).
Kudos on your achievement Sivasangari. You have really made the country proud with this impressive award.
All the best for winning more awards and trophies in the future!
Source: NST, Bernama
Photo source: The Star, cornellbigred.com
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