By Anne Bello
Published Oct 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM ET

Rochester, NY — For the Rochester Yellowjackets, their match against William Smith is something of a barometer. They have played the Herons regularly in the past but have never managed to beat them. This season, Rochester hopes that a reinvigorated practice schedule and new players will help them draw closer to William Smith and their other competitors. “The Rochester women hope to up the ante this season by reforming team practices in order to achieve a more competitive edge than in past seasons,” says tri-captain Sarah deLahunta.  “This young and continually growing team aspires to reach a level of play that can keep pace with the local varsity teams they encounter before Nationals each year.” This year, the Yellowjackets will have three new players with squash experience: Sarah Shafik, Emma Moore, and Aastha Narula. Kristen Scherb, who was studying abroad, will rejoin the team, and the Yellowjackets expect to have several other new players on the squad. The team also has plans to engage the Rochester campus and community through fundraisers, spreading their love of the game.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 0-5

Final Ranking: 38

Team Championships: 6th in the E Division

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Lexa Mackie; 4. Sarah DeLahunta; 5. Rachael Ziembrowski; 7. Naba Ali; 8. Sasha Ganeles; 9. Jessica Sands

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Katharine Weber;  3. Mandy Lardizabal (abroad spring semester); 6. Suzanne McKenzie

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Kristen Scherb, Sarah Shafik, Emma Moore, and Aastha Narula

Captains: Sarah deLahunta, Lexa Mackie, and  Mandy Lardizabal

Team Goals: To be more competitive than in past seasons and especially to be more competitive with local varsity teams

Key Matches: William Smith

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