By Anne Bello
Published Oct 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM ET

Hartford, CT — Trinity takes a team-oriented approach to the season. There may be a great deal of competition throughout the ladder, but the Trinity players are ultimately “committed to off-season conditioning and functionining as a team over individual accomplishment,” reports David Kingsley, Trinity’s sports information director. Three new Bantams will be joining the program. Kanzy El-DeFrawy is expected to play at the top of the ladder. Katiria Sanchez is expected to play in the bottom 3, and  Sachika Balvani will be competing for a spot in the starting line-up as well. Robyn Hodgson, Catalina Pelaez, and Melva Lopez will serve as the team’s tri-captains. The Bantams finished third in the nation last season, making it to the semifinals of the Women’s National Team Championships. They’d like to make it at least a round further this season and compete for the Howe Cup. Trinity will begin this season’s campaign on November 30 with a match against another NESCAC school, Connecticut College.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 17-4

Final Ranking: 3

Team Championships: 3rd in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Bartlett

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Catalina Pelaez (First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American);  3. Ashley Tidman (Second Team All- NESCAC); 4. Natalie Babjukova (First Team All-NESCAC); 5. Jen Pelletier; 6. Robyn Hodgson; 9. Chanel Erasmus; 11. Whitney Hartmeyer; 12. Melva Lopez 13. Lindsay McDonough

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Alicia Rodriguez (First Team All-NESCAC, First Team All-NESCAC); 7. Andrea Echeverria;  8. Pamela Jimenez;  10. Katie Wymard

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Kanzy El-DeFrawy
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Katiria Sanchez and Sachika Balvani
  • Other addition: Katiria Sanchez

Captains: Robyn Hodgson, Catalina Pelaez, and Melva Lopez

Team Goals: To compete for the Howe Cup title

Key Matches: A Division Teams

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