By Anne Bello
Published Oct 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM ET

Stanford, CA — One of the most exciting — and amicable — rivalries to emerge in recent years is Stanford versus Cornell. The Big Red got the upper hand of the Cardinal in their last meeting, the consolation semis of the 2012 Howe Cup. Stanford will have a chance to counter that 4-5 loss with a win when they play Cornell in Ithaca on November 18. Stanford will be traveling with a number of new players. Sarah Haig (Greenwich Academy) and Cesca Fleischer (St. Andrew’s) are expected to play in the middle 3, and Carolyn Gillette (Lake Forest Academy), Caitlin Lu (Chinese International Academy), and Abby Giannuzzi (Winsor School) will jockey for spots in the bottom 3. Back home, the Stanford courts are freshly painted and sanded thanks to a $50,000 face-lift in the off season. The team will be hosting the opening rounds of the Net Suite Open in October. “It’s a great environment,” Mark Talbott says of Stanford. “We have the most fun and sun on the most beautiful campus.” College teams may want to check out the sunny scene in January and February, when Stanford will be hosting two round robins.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Talbott

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Pamela Chua (1st Team All-American); 2. Kerrie Sample; 6. Maddy Gill; 7. Serena Fagan; 8. Julie Koenig; 9. Ally Huchro; 10. Ariel Posner; 11. Julia Hemmendinger

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships:  3. Kyla Sherwood; 4. Katy Corelli; 5. Aditi Maliwal; Leah Stork

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Sarah Haig and Cesca Fleischer
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Carolyn Gillette, Caitlin Lu, and Abby Giannuzzi

Captains: Pam Chua, Kerry Sample, and Julie Koenig

Team Goals: To finish in the top 6

Key Matches: Cornell

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