By Anne Bello
Published Oct 15, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 5:48 PM ET

Clinton, NY — After winning the Chaffee Award for team sportsmanship on Saturday night during the 2010-2011 Women’s National Team Championships, Hamilton faced a difficult test: a heart-breaking 4-5 loss to F&M in the Walker Cup finals. But as expected, the Continentals bounced back with grace and class, and now they have their sights on returning to the B Division.

The team lost a trio of seniors, including captain Anne Edelstein, the winningest player in Hamilton women’s squash history. This season, however, the team will see the return of former number 2 Alyssa Bawden from study abroad and injury. Head coach Jamie King, the 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year, says that Bawden, who will serve as captain, should provide  “a great foundation of leadership and positive mentoring for the young players.”

Among the younger members of the team are a trio of new players who are expected to find spots in the bottom three. They are Elizabeth Morris, a first-year player from the Millbrook School; Isabelle Weisman, a transfer student who hails from Westfield, NJ; and Katherine Rogers, a graduate of Choate.

Former assistant coach Ark Oakes has moved on to accept a psychology teaching position at St. Lawrence, but Brown alum Dan Jonas will continue to assist the team.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-10 (Chaffee Award, Jamie King NESCAC Coach of the Year)

Final Ranking: 18

Team Championships: 2nd in Walker Cup (C Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jamie King

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Amanda Thorman (Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic Team); (2) Claire Corroon (Second Team All-NESCAC); (5) Kelsey Bogle; (6) Alexis Lee (NESCAC All-Academic Team); (7) Hannah Coffin; (8) Hillary Kolodner; (10) Laura Russell; (11) Annabel Prouty;

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (3) Leila Clifford; (4) Danielle Forsyth (NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team); (9) Anne Edelstein

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Alyssa Bawden
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Elizabeth Morris, Isabelle Weisman, and Katherine Rogers

Captain: Alyssa Bawden

 Team Goals: To continue to practice good sportsmanship, to work hard to improve, to compete to the best of the team’s  ability (and return to B Division), and to have a positive team experience on and off the court

 Key Matches: NESCAC opponents, F&M, and Mount Holyoke

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