Williams: 2013 – 2014 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

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Williams College Williamstown, MA — Williams wants to return to the finals of the Kurtz Cup. After being upset in the opening round of last season’s Kurtz Cup 4-5 to Bates, the team wants to avenge last season’s outcome. They concluded the 2013 Women’s National Team Championship with decisive victories over Franklin & Marshall and George Washington. The Ephs graduated four of their top 9 players, including their numbers 1 and 2. The team will be looking to rebuild quickly with the addition of four first-year students, all of whom have squash experience. To move up in the rankings, Williams will have to perform well in matches with Bates, Middlebury, Columbia, Brown, and Dartmouth. The Ephs host Bates in early January, a match that may hold extra significance due to last season’s Kurtz Cup. The Ephs were the runner up at last season’s New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships and the team would like to at least repeat this feat this season.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 17-11

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Zafi Levy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Eli O’Neil (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 4. Alyssa Northrop (2014); 5. Nicole Feschbach (2016); 6. Caroline Sawin (2015); 8. Lily Grant (2016); 10. Hailey Herring-Newbound (2016); 11. Gibbs Culline (2014);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Ali Rubin (2013 – First Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 2. Laura Henry (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic; First Team All-NESCAC); 7. Hannah Kaemmer (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Mia Fry (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Alyssa Ritchie, Charlotte Walsh, Ellen Coombe, and Celeste Lancaster

Team Goals: Return to the Kurtz Cup finals

Key Matches: Bates, Brown, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Middlebury

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.