Tufts Women Honored for Improvement in 2022

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Members of the Tufts Squash programs, including Head Coach Joe Raho (center, back), accepted the 2022 Most Improved Team Award on behalf of the women’s team on Saturday at the CSA National Collegiate Individuals at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia. (photo by Michael T. Bello)

The Tufts University women’s squash team was recognized for their overall team improvement from one season to the next by earning the 2022 Women’s Most Improved Team Award. The award, voted on by all of the CSA women’s varsity coaches, recognizes the team that has improved the most since the end of the previous season in both its final team ranking and the quality of the opponents it has surpassed.

Head Coach Joe Raho, the 2022 NESCAC Women’s Squash Coach of the Year, has led a resurgence of Tufts University Squash. After finishing the last few seasons ranked in the high teens, the Tufts women rocketed up the standings this year, finishing 12th this season. The seven-point jump from 19th in 2020 to 12th in 2022 was the biggest improvement of any women’s team over that period.

In 2022, Tufts made their mark in both conference and national competition. The Jumbos beat rivals Williams during the regular season and then again in the NESCAC Championships to secure both a berth in the NESCAC Final and their highest conference finish in program history. Two weeks later, Tufts outlasted Williams a third time in the quarterfinals of Kurtz Cup (B Division) play to clinch a semifinal berth and their best national finish in at least 25 years.

The first Women’s Most Improved Team Award was given in 2010. The 2022 award is the first Most Improved Team Award for Tufts.