George Washington: 2012 – 2013 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

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Washington, DC — After winning the C Division last season, the George Washington Colonials aren’t looking back. They did lose three players from the middle of the order to graduation, but with the strongest recruiting class in program history, they should come back even stronger. Headlining the new class is Colombia’s Anna Porras, who is expected to step into the ladder at number 1. Emely Levyn of Philadelphia is expected to join Porras in the top 3, and fellow Philadelphian Alexa Tzarnas and Sarah Allen of New York should compete for spots in the middle of the lineup. Rounding out the newcomers is Francesca Libassi of Greenwich, CT, who is expected to play in the bottom 3. Jake Gross has rejoined the program as an assistant coach, and Jim Masland will be back assisting as well. “We have the strongest recruiting class in our history with the strongest schedule so we hope to capitalize on it,” says head coach Wendy Lawrence. “We are a team committed to playing hard and working together to put GW alongside the elite programs in the country.”

 2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-10

Final Ranking: 17

Team Championships: 1st in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Jacqueline Shea; 2. Kelly Barnes;  4. Elizabeth Tapley; 7. Maya Nair; 8. Adriana Calderon; 10. Catherine Ehrlich; 11. Charlotte Merison

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 3. Lauren Mathieu; 5. Caroline Shumway; 6. Tiffany Hingley; 9. Rebecca Ehrlich (abroad fall semester)

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Anna Porras and Emely Levyn
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Alexa Tzarnas and Sarah Allen
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Francesca Libassi

Captains: Jackie Shea and Maya Nair

Team Goals: To move into the B Division and finish in the top 14

Key Matches: Every match, especially Williams, Franklin & Marshall, and Columbia

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.