By Anne Bello
Published Oct 5, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 25, 2011 at 5:39 PM ET

Poughkeepsie, NY — After making it to the C Division finals the year before, Vassar finished last season ranked 22nd overall. It was the first time since 2001 that the Brewers ended a season outside the top 20.

Having lost the bookends of their line-up, number 1 Kristine Bell and number 9 Liz Anderson, the Brewers are still in a rebuilding cycle. The heart of the line-up will be back, and expect the team to be stronger in the spring. That’s when Jill Levine and Sanam Khanna will be back from study abroad, though Avery  Siciliano will be abroad for the second semester.

The team has two new first-year players. Devina Vaid comes to Vassar from the Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai, and Alexandra Bowditch comes from Poly Prep Country Day in Brooklyn. Former Rochester player Robert McDavid also joins the program as assistant coach.

“All heart” is how head coach Jane Parker describes the team. “They never say never. They are all invested in having a good season.”

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-10

Final Ranking: 22

Team Championships: 6th in Walker Cup (C Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jane Parker

Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Libby Pei (All-Seven Sister Team); (3) Meg Taylor; (4) Willow Thompson; (5) Nina Punukollu; (6) Lisa Evans; (7) Avery Siciliano; (8) Jill Levine; (10) Sanam Khanna; (11) Katie Cornish

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Kristine Bell (All-Seven Sister Teams); (9) Liz Anderson

Additions to the 2011 – 2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Devina Vaid
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Alexandra Bowditch

Captains: Meg Taylor and Nina Punukollu

Team Goals: To finish in top 20 nationally and in the top 2 at the Seven Sisters Championship

Key Matches: Connecticut College and Bowdoin College

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