WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College first position player Kate Pistel was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Squash All-Conference First Team and Mule head coach Sakhi Khan was the women's NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Pistel, a junior, earned All-NESCAC honors for a third straight year. She was on the second team during her first season and made the first team a year ago. Pistel heads into national team tournament play this weekend with a team-best 19-7 record this year. Pistel has a 48-25 career record, with a chance to get to 50 victories this weekend.
Pistel is an All-American lacrosse player at Colby and also a starter on defense for women's soccer.
Khan, in his 11th year with the Mules, has helped the women's team to the 21st ranking in the country going into this weekend. Khan helped Pistel go from 11-11 during her sophomore year in her first year at the first position to 19 wins and counting this season. He and the team have won national awards for team sportsmanship in 2006-07 and 2009-10, and for most improved women's team in 2009-10.
Khan, a graduate of Tufts University, was a four-time All-American squash player during his college days and played professionally.
The women will play Wesleyan University in their first match of the national tourney Friday at 9 a.m. at Harvard University.