By Anne Bello
Published Oct 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM ET

Middletown, CT — In 2010 the Wesleyan Cardinals finished with a winning record for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. They repeated that feat again last year, capping the year with a 5-4 win over Bowdoin to finish 3rd in Walker Cup play.

This season the Cardinals have their sights on the B Division and the top 16, goals that should be within reach. “This group has extensive potential having only graduated one player last season and welcoming significant incoming first-year players,” says head coach Shona Kerr. Three of the six incoming players are expected to compete in the top five, and all have high school squash experience.

Wesleyan has installed a new analysis center that enables the team to film all courts during practice and matches, which should be an invaluable coaching aid. The team also has plans to return to Arizona for another training trip in January.

“Fun loving, young and talented” is how Kerr characterizes the team. “This is an exciting time to be a Cardinal,” she adds.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-12

Final Ranking: 19

Team Championships: 3rd in Walker Cup (C Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

 Head Coach: Shona Kerr

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Mary Foster (Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team); (2) Diana Edwards; (3) Grace Zimmerman; (4) Tanesha Jackson; (5) Danielle Craig; (6) Ellen Schwed; (8) Kar-Anne Tan; (9) Meherazade Sumariwalla; (10) Kerry Klemmer (NESCAC All-Academic Team); (11) Rosa Hayes

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (7) Jenny Chu

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 5: Annie Maxwell, Claire Miller, and Lauren Nelson
  • Expected top play in bottom 3/bottom of ladder: Noelle Hiam, Hannah Jenkins, and Christina Ortiz

Captains: Meherazade Sumariwalla and Grace Zimmerman

Team Goals: To maximize team’s potential, perform as a cohesive and supportive unit, and to break into the top 16 national rankings

Key Matches: Little 3 (Amherst and Williams), NESCAC championships

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