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

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For four straight years, the Amherst College Women’s Squash team ended up just on the outside of the Top 16 looking in, albeit with three Walker Cup championships.  In 2018, they finally broke through to Kurtz Cup play for the first time since 2013. With hopes of retaining or improving on their position, Head Coach Peter Robson and his squad must acknowledge the challenge that lies before them. The top two players from last year’s team, All-NESCAC selections Kim Krayacich and Haley McAtee, have moved on to life after college squash. The departure of players with that much success and experience leaves a gaping hole at the top of the ladder. Into that void step seven of the eight remaining players from last year’s ladder, plus three promising newcomers with junior rankings that foreshadow success for the young trio. Rachel Ang is the only senior of the returning group and will be relied upon for steady leadership as the season gets underway.  January 2019 is filled with challenging matches for Amherst, which will give the team some time to gel and gain confidence before the calendar year ends.  Middlebury, Bates, and Dickinson –  all teams adjacent to Amherst in the CSA Preseason Rankings – lie in wait in January, all hoping to be the team to nab the one of final few spots in the Kurtz Cup draw.

2017-2018 SEASON RECAP

Season Record:  11-9

Final Ranking:  16

Team Championships Result:  8th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2018-2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach:  Peter Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Rachael Ang; 4. Caroline Conway; 5. Riddhi Sampat; 7. Katy Correia; 8. Margaret Werner; 9. Pierson Klein; 10. Ashira Mawji

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:

  1. Kim Krayacich; 2. Haley McAtee; 6. Madison Chen

Additions to 2018-2019 Roster:

  • Keeley Osborn
  • Lilly Soroko
  • Emma Spencer

Key Matches:  Middlebury, Bates, Dickinson, Williams

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