By Anne Bello
Published Sep 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 12, 2009 at 9:29 PM ET

colbyWaterville, ME — For most of the past decade, Colby has been a consistent presence in the Kurtz Cup, finishing as high as 11th in the nation and no lower than 15th. But between the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons, Colby dropped nine spots in the rankings, to 23rd. The Mules look to climb back up in the rankings this year.

The team has five seniors returning from last year’s Howe Cup roster: Samantha Smith, Maddie Dufour, Caroline Reaves, Kaeley Shepard, and Jessica Kravetz. Smith, who earned 2nd-team All-NESCAC honors last season, has played at the top of the Mules’ ladder since her first year on the team. This season she’ll have another leadership role, as captain.

Colby has only lost two players to graduation, but Catherine Monrad and Jessica Vogel played right behind Smith in the lineup.  The four members of the class of 2013 joining the team — Lily Greenberg, Allison Mond, Kate Pistel, and Molly Parsons — are expected to play in the middle of the ladder, and if the juniors playing at the bottom of the ladder can continue their improvement into this season, it will only strengthen the team.

The team has been involved with charities in the Waterville area and in the local school system. “We are a hard working team ready for another fun season and ready to make a mark,” coach Sakhi Khan writes.

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 23rd
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 23rd; 7th in Walker Cup (C Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Samantha Smith ’10 (1; 2nd-Team All-NESCAC); Maddie Dufour ’10 (4); Caroline Reaves ’10 (5); Jae Paik ’11 (6); Kaeley Shepard ’10 (7); Jessica Kravetz ’10 (8); Alison Crevi ’11 (9); Penny Kagan ’11 (10); Charlotte Wilder ’11 (11)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Catherine Monrad (2); Jessica Vogel (3)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster: Lily Greenberg ’13, Allison Mond ’13, Kate Pistel ’13, and Molly Parsons ’13 (all expected to play in the middle of the ladder

Captain: Samantha Smith

Team Goals: To improve national ranking

Key Matches: Wesleyan, Vassar, George Washington, Middlebury, Hamilton, and Amherst

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