Virginia: 2018-2019 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

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As the University of Virginia continues to build its squash programs into formidable varsity programs, one may mark the 2018-2019 season as the year they laid the foundation to jump yet another level.  While losing program taliswoman Carey Danforth to graduation will be tough, the nine other members of the starting lineup from last year’s 13th-ranked team return to provide a solid foundation.  Add to that group three very strong incoming recruits with championship pedigrees and UVA could have the makings for a Top-10 finish at the end of this coming year.  Coach Mark Allen is enthusiastic about his women’s team for this year while keeping the main goal modest and attainable – to improve on last year’s ranking by at least one place. Virginia will host the first Mid-Atlantic Squash Championship, where they will meet George Washington (among others) in a critical battle for that Top-10 place.

2017-2018 SEASON RECAP

Season Record:  14-9

Final Ranking:  13

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

2018-2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach:  Mark Allen

Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Emily Woodworth; 3. Julia Thompson; 4. Tara Arya; 5. Sarah Doss; 6. Diane Tyson; 7. Madeleine Mayhew; 8. Isabelle Ezratty; 9. Giovanna Veiga; 10. Eleanor Carroll

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Carey Danforth

Additions to 2018-2019 Roster:

  • Caroline Baldwin
  • Mandy Haywood
  • Emma Jinks

Team Goal:  “To better finish last year’s ranking – by at least one place, but preferably more!”

Key Matches:  Williams, George Washington, Middlebury

To read season previews for other CSA teams, please visit the 2018-2019 College Squash Season Previews page.