By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Nov 29, 2009 at 2:09 PM ET

princetonPrinceton, NJ – It would be hard to top last season’s successes, but the Princeton Tigers are up for the challenge. After all, last season the team the trained in Egypt, won the Ivy League Championships, earned the Barhite award by going undefeated, and won the national team title (Howe Cup). Individually, Emery Maine won the Constable Tournament, and Amanda Siebert, Neha Kumar, and Maine earned All-American and All-Ivy League honors.

As always, the Tigers’ schedule is packed with challenging matches. Coach Gail Ramsay expects this season’s matches with Trinity and Harvard to be very competitive. Last season, Princeton defeated both Harvard and Trinity 5-4.  The team is also looking forward to its matches with Stanford, Penn, and Yale.

Princeton’s squad will be captained by seniors Siebert, Kaitlin Sennatt, and Maine.  The talented squad will be joined by first year students Julie Cerullo and Casey Cortes. This summer, Cerullo represented the United States at the World Junior Women’s Squash Championships in Chennai, India. Cortes played at Milton Academy and finished fourth in the A draw of New England Tournament last season.  Like Cerullo, Cortes is highly ranked in her age group.

Assistant coach Richard Hankinson will retire following the season.  He has been with the Tigers for 18 seasons.  Princeton hopes to tie its own record of four consecutive team championships in Hankinson’s final season.

2008-2009 Season Recap

SEASON RECORD: 13-0
FINAL RANKING: 1st
HOWE CUP RESULTS: 1st overall; 1st in Howe Cup (A Division), Ivy League Champion, Barhite Award Winner

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning players from Howe Cup: Amanda Siebert ’10 (1; All-American, All-Ivy); Neha Kumar ’10 (2; All-American, All-Ivy); Emery Maine ’10 (3; All-American, All-Ivy); Kaitlin Sennatt ’10 (4);Jackie Moss ’11 (5); Nikki Sequeira ’11 (8); and Katie Giovinazzo ’12 (9)

Graduating Players Howe Cup: Maggie O’Toole (6); Aly Brady (7); Joanna Scoon (10)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:
•    Expected to compete for a top 5 ladder position: Julie Cerullo (St Anns, Brooklyn Heights, NY)
•    Expected to compete for a ladder 6-10: Casey Cortes (Milton, Cambridge, Mass)

Captains: Amanda Siebert ’10; Kaitlin Sennatt’ 10; Emery Maine ‘10

Team Goals: To be the best team on and off court that they can and to work hard together

Key Matches: Stanford in the fall,  Penn, Yale, Harvard and Trinity

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