Johns Hopkins: 2015 – 2016 Women’s College Squash Season Preview


Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD — With four seniors, Johns Hopkins is looking to make the most of the upcoming season. The Blue Jays have hired Susan Lawrence as their coach, and according to co-captain Caroline Plapinger, the team “would like to work on strategy and variety of shots.” Last season, Johns Hopkins bested Dickinson, 5-4, and lost two matches to Georgetown, 4-5. The Blue Jays are looking forward to rematches this season, which will be key matches if Johns Hopkins would like to improve on their seeding for Team Championships. Last season, Johns Hopkins played all of their second semester regular season matches in a single weekend. To improve, it would benefit the team to play additional matches throughout the second semester. Look for Johns Hopkins to conclude the 2015 – 2016 season in the bottom half of the Epps Cup.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-4

Final Ranking: 29

Team Championships: 5th in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.5862… Middle 3 Win %: 0.6667… Lower 3 Win %: 0.52


Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Elizabeth King (2016); 2. Gabrielle Nyirjesy (2016); 3. Carley Petrone (2018);  5. Keely Herring (2016); 6. Caroline Plapinger (2016); 7. Molly Pitegoff (2016);  9. Courtney Colwell (2017); 10. Savannah Karmen-Tuohy (2016); 11. Niki Entin (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Kara McDonough (2015); 8. Austin Davis (2017)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Dayna Gillette and Sarah Westley
  • Other addition: Clarissa Alfes, Camila Villasante, Emma Paine, Ash Panakam

Captains: Caroline Plapinger and Gabrielle Nyirjesy

Team Goals: We would like to work on strategy and variety of shots

Key Matches: Georgetown and Dickinson

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.