Minnesota: 2014 – 2015 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

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Minnesota, University ofMinneapolis, MN — Only a few seasons after their launch, the Minnesota Gophers are continuing to improve. They made it to the E Division at Team Championships, the first time they competed in a nine player division at nationals. The team’s efforts to move up the rankings was stifled by their regular season schedule last year. This season, the Gophers are more focused on the regular season. They have hired Dave Baker as their new head coach. In addition, they are planning a regular season trip to Boston to compete with teams at Northeastern.  Paige Carlson, a senior, is the first player to compete for Minnesota all four years of its existence. Assistant coach John Stevers explains that she “has practiced and played all four years without interruption, despite a heavy academic load, being a marching band member, and participating in several other activities. She has led the team as co-captain last year and this.” With a stronger regular season schedule against many different opponents, Minnesota could move into a mid-30s ranking position.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-5

Final Ranking: 37

Team Championships: 5th in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 3… Position with the Most Wins: #5s had 11 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Dave Baker

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Klothilda Lim (2015); 3. Paige Carlson (2015); 6. Courtney Pietras (2017); 7. Lena Zagar (2016); 9. Alex Chhith (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Andrea Belgrade (2014); 4. Sandra Rellier (2014); 5. Mia Divecha (2014); 8. Yulia Allar (2016)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Sydney Smutzler and Molly Price
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Alexi Glenn, Angela Wong, and Abhi Rajaram

Captains: Paige Carlson and Courtney Pietras

Team Goals: To firmly establish our ranking in the mid 30s

Key Matches: Round robin at Northeastern

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.