By Anne Bello
Published Sep 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM ET

Haverford, PA — One of the biggest changes for Haverford this season will be not having a major coaching change. The Fords have had a different coach for each of the past three seasons, so the return of Niki Clement will help the team to build on what they learned last season.

Although the Fords have lost four players from last season’s top nine, they will gain a new first-year player, Alex Love of San Francisco. Two experienced players will also be returning from study abroad. Kira Jones played in the top third of the ladder during the fall 2010 semester, and co-captain Roxy Jaffe is expected to climb up the ladder.

The semester has already gotten off to a good start for the Fords. “The upperclassmen are very eager to pick up where they’ve left off in their squash games and the underclassmen have already began to pick up and adopt this same enthusiasm,” reports Clement. “We will be looking at each match as an opportunity to capitalize on the skills that we are building.  We are looking forward to the Pioneer Invitational as it will be a tremendous opportunity to play teams we’ve never competed against before.”

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-12

Final Ranking: 36

Team Championships: 4th in E Division

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Niki Clement

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Caroline Nightingale; (4) Randee Johnson; (5) Kate Mundell; (6) Katherine Pryor; (8) Zoe Becker (CSA Scholar Athlete); (10) Alisa Strayer; Hannah Miller; Mimi Fuchs

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (2) Jenny Tong; (3) Kara Percival; (7) Eliza Williams; (9) Aliza Polkes

Additions to the 2011-2012 Roster: Roxy Jaffe, Kira Jones, and Alex Love

Captains: Randee Johnson and Roxy Jaffe

Team Goals:  For each individual to improve upon their skill and develop a deeper love and understanding for the game

Key Matches: Every match, especially those at the Pioneer Valley Invitational

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