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

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After reaching their highest ranking in this decade in 2015 – Number 19 – the Colby College Women’s Squash team has settled back into the lower half of the C Division rankings over the past few years. Enter Chris Abplanalp, formerly the head coach of the men’s and women’s squash teams at St. Lawrence with quite a few successful accomplishments to his name.  Abplanalp will be tasked with bringing some energy back to Waterville, especially in anticipation of Colby’s new athletics facility coming online in a couple years. Abplanalp and the Mules will have a tall task in Year One of his tenure, however.  Four-time First Team All-NESCAC selection Devin Mullaney graduated in May, and two other starters from last year’s lineup are not expected to return this season.  That leaves a lot of ground to make up for the seven returning starters and the two first-year players who arrived on campus this fall.  The 11 players that make up this year’s roster for Colby will have to make the most of their opportunities and create a winning team culture as quickly as they can in preparation for the season. Conn College presents challenging early match-up for the Mules, and then back-to-back weekends against Hamilton and Franklin & Marshall will give a sense of how far the team has come leading up to championship season in February.

2017-2018 SEASON RECAP

Season Record:  10-12

Final Ranking:  23

Team Championships Result:  7th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2018-2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach:  Chris Abplanalp

Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Julianna Song; 4. Sydney Ku; 5. Olivia Silverman; 6. Lily Wain; 7. Madeline Latimore; 9. Anna Gildea; 10. D’Arcy Carlson

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Devin Mullaney; 2. Madiha Molani; 8. Sophie Langlois

Additions to 2018-2019 Roster:

  • Stephanie Keane
  • Sabrina Teope

Key Matches:  Conn College, Dickinson, Hamilton, Franklin & Marshall

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