CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Meagan Best of the Virginia women’s squash program has been named Rookie of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Squash Conference the league announced Tuesday. Best is the first-ever recipient of the award as a member of the Virginia women’s squash program. She is the second-ever Cavalier to achieve the honor across the men’s and women’s programs.

After her freshman season was cancelled in 2020-21, Best stepped into her role at the top of the Virginia ladder, competing at the first position in each match she participated in. Best helped guide the Cavaliers through a MASC Championship run in which her team finished as runners-up to Drexel. She also competed for the Hoos through the CSA Team Championships where the Cavaliers achieved their best finish to a season at No. 7 in the nation.

Best achieved a dual record of 10-5 this season and qualified as the sixth seed for the Ramsay Cup, the A division of the CSA Individual Championships. Despite falling in four games in her opening match, she earned a five-game victory over Yale’s Elisabeth Ross in the first consolation match before sweeping her next two matches to become the first Cavalier to win the Ramsay Cup consolation bracket. She finished the season with an overall record of 13-6.


MASC Rookie of the Year Awards:

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Meagan Best – Virginia

Men’s Co-Rookie of the Year: Haris Qasim – Drexel

Men’s Co-Rookie of the Year: Petr Nohel – Franklin & Marshall