By Anne Bello
Published Oct 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM ET

Wellesley, MA — Wellesley moved up a division in 2010-2011 and looks to climb even higher in the national rankings this season.

A major change for the program is that they will now be training full-time at Dana Hall. “Prior to this year, we’ve gone back and forth between Dana Hall (international courts) and our own American sized courts — not an easy feat especially when it comes to playing matches,” explains head coach Wendy Berry.  “This will give the team 100% practice and playtime on international-sized courts.”

Three first-year players will be joining the team and are all expected to play in the middle of the order. For Alexandra Spiliakos, who captained Dana Hall’s team, Wellesley’s training facility will feel very familiar. Lilly Tyson comes to Wellesday from Germantown Friends, and Rachel Hanscom, who played for Conestoga High School, will be joining the team as well.

Even before the season has started the team has been busy, watching “Showdown at Symphony” and participating in a fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society. The team is also in the process of raising funds for a training trip in 2013.

“The team is a very helpful, sociable, and closely knit group who will look after each other whatever the problem,” says Berry.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-20

Final Ranking: 28

Team Championships: 4th in Epps Cup (D Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Berry

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Rosemary O’Connor (All-Seven Sister Team); (2) Emma Haley (All-Seven Sister Team); (4) Margot Sulmont; (5) Emaline Surgenor; (7) Haley Vasquez; (8) Cara Kaufman; (9) Charlene Lee; (10) Stephanie Lee;

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (3) Dorothy Vickery; (6) Jen Hsu

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle order of the team: Alexandra Spiliakos, Lilly Tyson, and Rachel Hanscom

Captains: Margot Sulmont and Emaline Surgenor

Team Goals: to climb higher than last year’s finish of 28th

Key Matches: Smith, Connecticut College, William-Smith, and Colby

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