By Anne Bello
Published Sep 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM ET

Geneva, NY — Don’t be misled by early results: the Herons will be stronger this year. Only two players graduated last season, but four others will be studying abroad during the fall semester. However, the team has four new players coming in, and head coach Chip Fishback is optimistic about the season. “We should be a much deeper team than last year, especially when our abroad student-athletes return in January,” he says. The team should be at full strength when they travel to the Smith Round Robin in late January. The event may give the Herons the opportunity to take on hosts Smith College, who edged out William Smith 5-4 in last year’s Epps Cup final. St. Lawrence, who William Smith defeated 5-4 in the D Division semifinals, and Vassar, another Liberty League opponent, will be other key matches for the Herons.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-12

Final Ranking: 26

Team Championships: 2nd in the Epps Cup (D Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Chip Fishback

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Caroline Moxley; 2. Andrea Tran; 3. Lucia Rowe; 4. Annie Habecker; 5. Courtney Leous; 6. Ginny McDermott; 8. Tyler Mitchell;  10. Molly Doran; 11. Nellie Lindecke

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 7. Katie Riordan; 9. Sarah Cutts (Scholar Athlete); abroad fall semester: Lindecke,  McDermott, Mitchell, and Hannah Meyer

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Rachel Newman
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Erin Casey, Katie Hill, and Justine Shank

Captains: Courtney Leous

Team Goals: To improve upon last year’s record and final ranking, and to play their best squash at the end of the year

Key Matches: St. Lawrence, Vassar, and Smith

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.