Ivy Pochoda began playing squash at age eight. Within two years she was active on the U.S. Junior squash circuit. At twelve she won her first national junior title and went onto win three more nationals junior titles between the ages of fourteen and seventeen.
After high school, Ivy went to Harvard University. She led her team to three national team championships and was a four-time All American athlete, as well as Varsity Squash Team Captain in both her junior and senior year. In 1998, as a senior, Ivy capped her collegiate career by winning the NCAA intercollegiate squash title.
After college Ivy competed on the professional squash tour. She won several international events and reached a world ranking of 38 and a national ranking of 3. She represented the United States five times in international team competition, and won three gold medals during her two appearances at the Pan Am Federation Cup. While on tour Ivy documented her adventures and observations in a bi-monthly column in Squash Magazine.