By Anne Bello
Published Oct 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM ET

Wellesley, MA — After winning the 2010 E Division title, Wellesley hasn’t looked back. The Blue competed in the D Division in 2011 and jumped to the C Division last season. “We’ve steadily climbed 15 positions in the rankings over the past three years, and aim to continue this trend,” says head coach Wendy Berry. Several players will be studying abroad this year, including last season’s number 2, Emma Haley, who will be away all year. Sara Del Balzo and Stephanie Lee will be abroad in the fall, and while they’re away, the Blue will work to maintain their position from last season. Once the two players return in the spring, the team will work on improving their ranking position. Sophomore Nidhi Saxena and four first-year players — Gabriella Wynne, Mollee Jain, Charlotte Benishek, and Kate Loftus — will be joining the team, who have plans for a winter training trip to the Cayman Islands. Emaline Surgenor, Margo Sulmont, and Rosemary O’Connor will be the team’s tri-captains.  “They are very much a ‘team’ with true team spirit. They are committed to the program and everyone on the team,” says Berry of her players.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-15

Final Ranking: 23

Team Championships: 7th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Berry

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Rosemary O’Connor (All- Seven Sisters);  4. Lilly Tyson; 5. Haley Vasquez; 6. Margo Sulmont (Scholar Athlete); 7. Alexandra Spiliakos; 8. Emaline Surgenor; 9. Cara Kaufman (Scholar Athlete)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships:  2. Emma Haley (All-Seven Sisters); 3. Sara Del Balzo (abroad fall semester); 10. Stephanie Lee (abroad fall semester); 11. Ginny Tang

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Gabriella Wynne, Mollee Jain, Nidhi Saxena, Charlotte Benishek, Kate Loftus

Captains: Emaline Surgenor, Margo Sulmont, and Rosemary O’Connor

Team Goals: To maintain our position for first semester and to better our position upon return of our players abroad.

Key Matches: Tufts

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