By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2009 at 6:00 PM ET

georgetownWashington, DC — Georgetown has quickly emerged as a formidable new team in women’s college squash.  The Hoyas won the Emerging Teams division of Howe Cup in 2008 and battled for the Epps Cup last season.  This season, the team hopes to move up in the rankings.

According to captain Kiran Gandhi, the team has many goals for the 2009 – 2010 season. “The goals for the team this year include improving our ranking, increasing fundraising efforts by reaching out to more supporters of the team, and establishing ourselves as a well-run and hardworking team in the eyes of the University so as to start laying the groundwork for becoming a varsity team.”   Given the team’s performance over the past few seasons, varsity status appears to be a real possibility.

The Hoyas are looking forward to matches against Connecticut College, the University of Vermont, and Haverford.

2008-2009 Season Recap

SEASON RECORD: 5-1
FINAL RANKING: 27th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (HOWE CUP) RESULTS: 27th; 3rd in Epps Cup (D Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Kiran Gandhi ’11 (1); Liani Balasuriya ’11 (2); Katie O’Mealia ’11 (3); Morgan Breck ´10 (4); Caitlin Fross ’11 (5); Jane Dewire ’10 (6); Kate Piper ’10 (10)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Julia McClatchy (4); Lauren Bakios (7); Mary O’Loughlin (8); Courtney Olsen (9)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster: Elizabeth Derosa ’13; Sarah Kencel ’12; Bethan McGarry ’12; Carolyn Meister ’13; Caroline Palmer  ’13; Vanessa Schept ’13; and Sarah Vazquez ’13

Captain: Kiran Gandhi

Team Goals: Improve ranking, fundraising, and estblishing groundwork for varsity status

Key Matches: Haverford, Vermont, and Conn College

To read other team previews, please visit the 2009 – 2010 College Squash Preview Page.