By Anne Bello
Published Oct 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 8:21 PM ET

Lewiston, ME — What’s the opposite of a rebuilding year? Bates will have the chance to find out, as the Bobcats will be returning their entire starting line-up from last season. The team that finished 12th in the nation last year will have at least one new face in the line-up: Vishrutyi Sahni, a graduate of Amity International School in New Delhi, India. Sahni will be joining a culturally diverse program where squash is a lifestyle. The year will kick off with the team’s annual retreat to Acadia National Park and will include a trip to the Tournament of Champions in New York City as well as biweekly yoga, massage, and transcendental meditation sessions. The Bobcats will also continue their volunteer work with local Somali and Sudanese children and will begin to work with Team Impact, a non-profit that brings children with life-threatening illnesses together with college athletic teams.  This is also the first year that head coach Pat Cosquer will have all four classes of his recruits in the program.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 18-9

Final Ranking: 12

Team Championships: 4th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nessrine Ariffin (First Team All-NESCAC, Rookie of the Year, 2nd Team All-American); 2. Cheri-Ann Parris (First Team All-NESCAC); 3. Myriam Kelly (Second Team All-NESCAC); 4. Samantha Matos; 5. Rakey Drammeh; 6. Chloe Mitchell; 7. Ali Bragg; 8. Lesea Bourke; 9. Rokya Samake; 10. Sugeiry Betances

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: None

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Vishrutyi Sahni

Captains: Cheri-Ann Parris and Ali Bragg

Team Goals: To enjoy the journey and be the best team that they can be

Key Matches: All matches, especially NESCAC, Ivy League and Division I opponents

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