The Bates Women’s Squash program had a lot to be proud of by the end of the 2017-2018 season. After placing a program-record four players on the All-NESCAC teams, the Bobcats took home some hardware from the CSA Team Championships with a win over Dickinson in the Walker Cup final. Over the past four seasons, Bates have jumped in and out of the top 16 in the rankings, and with a 17th place last year, they seem due to jump back into Kurtz Cup play in 2019. Their roster make-up also points to possible success this season with the top eight members of their starting ladder returning for another season, including those four All-NESCAC awardees. Head Coach Pat Cosquer does not have a large roster, so health may be a factor over the course of the year. But, with an additional three first-years joining the squash this season, Bates may yet reach Cosquer’s goals of a Top 16 finish and a NESCAC final appearance. Bates opens the season with a rematch of last year’s Walker Cup final against Dickinson, a result that could set the tone for the season ahead. When the calendar turns to 2019, Bates will try to chase down Amherst and Middlebury while holding Tufts and Wesleyan at bay.
2017-2018 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 13-7
Final Ranking: 17
Team Championships Result: Winner of the Walker Cup (C Division)
2018-2019 SEASON PREVIEW
Head Coach: Pat Cosquer
Returning Players from Team Championships:
- Kristyna Alexova; 2. Luca Polgar; 3. Victoria Arjoon; 4. Eliza Dunham; 5. Maeve O’Brien; 6. Katherine Manternach; 7. Molly Brooks; 8. Katie Bull
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:
- Cata Robert; 10. Hannah Conner
Additions to 2018-2019 Roster:
- Natalie Bachman
- Emma Galambos
- Tasha Jones
Team Goal: To maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA as a program. To finish in the top 16 in the CSA and top 5 in Division III. To make the NESCAC Conference Final.
Key Matches: Dickinson, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Amherst
To read season previews for other CSA teams, please visit the 2018-2019 College Squash Season Previews page.