Women’s Squash: Ready to Rally

By EMILY BIAN

The women’s squash team is ready to begin a new chapter, with four new faces and three returning seniors. With this comes their usual high expectations. As the team is able to play Division I competition, the upcoming season comes with challenges from quality opposition. 

The team appears primed to have a successful season, with a full lineup’s worth of players  returning. While their loss of their consistent line two is significant, such returnees as Beatrijs Kuijpers ’19, Alexa Comai ’19 and Anne Glassie ’20 are skilled and experienced players who can successfully fill bigger roles. And the experience runs deep throughout the lineup, with high first-season performances from Natalie Madden ’21 and Virginia Schaus ’21 last year.

Also adding to the mix are some fresh new faces and talent in the new recruiting class. It will be interesting to see how Hadley Barr ’22, Gwen Davis ’22, Ideal Dowling ’22 and Summer Hornbostel ’22 rise to the collegiate level and contribute early on. All having played high-level competitive squash back home in various clubs and teams, they are ready to step up and compete on the team. 

Entering the season as #15 nationally, the Panthers look towards a great showing at the NESCAC Championship and improved national showing at CSA. Head Coach Mark Lewis is optimistic about this upcoming season and cannot wait to start competing and show their opponents what the team is up against this year. 

The first tournament is set for a home game on Dec. 1 against Tufts. The following weekend, they will play another NESCAC rival, where the team will battle it out against Wesleyan. They are enthusiastic to begin, and with the regular season well underway, the women’s squash team is looking forward to a successful season.

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