By Anne Bello
Published Sep 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM ET

Charlottesville, VA — After pulling out of the 2010-2011 Women’s National Team Championships (Howe Cup), the University of Virginia is looking to return to the tournament this season.The student-run club team will have seven players from last season returning, and will also have at least one new player with squash experience: Hilary Gray of the Baldwin School.

“Every person on our team really enjoys the college squash experience because we push one another to be improve,” says captain Kelly Whelan, a junior.  “The main focus of our team is having fun together (on road trips, weekend trips, at practice and at social events) while playing a sport that we all immensely enjoy in a competitive environment.”

“We are really looking to expand on our program and field a competitive team this year,” she adds. “We are all very excited for this season!”

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 1-2

Final Ranking: 39

Program Status: Club

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Returning Players from Team Championships: Kelly Whelan (1); Amara Warren; Caroline Uffelman (2); Alice Kister; Kate Murtagh; Lizzie Rajasingh (4); Heidi Trott (5); Chelsea Trott

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: Abby Larner, Lynn Sitachitt, Olivia Sealander

Additions to the 2011-2012 Roster: Hilary Gray

Captain: Kelly Whelan

Team Goals: To improve fitness and squash skills, play in Nationals, and have a lot of fun!

Key Matches: Johns Hopkins, Georgetown

To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.