By Anne Bello
Published Oct 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM ET

Ithaca, NY — Cornell put on one of the most exciting performances on the second day of the 2012 Women’s National Team Championships. The Big Red and Stanford were neck-and-neck throughout the match, with all but one individual contest going past three games. A berth in the consolation finals came down to the last game of the last individual match, and Cornell first-year player Danielle Letourneau came through with the win.  Among the key matches on the Big Red’s schedule for this season? You guessed it. “All Top 8 ranked teams [are key matches],” says head coach Julee Devoy, “but particularly our friendly rivals Stanford and Dartmouth, who sit just behind us on the rankings.” Cornell will be carrying a large roster this season, thanks in part to the addition of four new players, who should add strength and depth to the team. The newcomers are Abbey Foster (Sentinel Secondary School), Brynn Daniels (Shawnigan Lake School), Olivia Wherry (St Ann’s School), and Reut Odinak (Overlake School). “Our team is big this season (17), but more than ever, everyone is really supportive of each other, ensuring a close-knit team,” Devoy says. “We have a lot of fun while practicing. We take a lot of pride in being squash players and representing Cornell.”

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-8

Final Ranking: 6

Team Championships: 6th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Julee Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Danielle Letourneau (1st Team All-American, First Team All-Ivy); 2. Jaime Laird (2nd Team All-American, First Team All-Ivy); 3. Jessenia Pacheco; 4. Maggie Remsen; 5. Rachel Au;  8. Jacqueline Wagner; 9. Laura Caty; 10. Sofia Thierry; 11. Kathleen Donatiello

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 6. Clare Berner; 7. Lauren Sachvie

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 4: Abbey Foster
  • Expected to play in the middle/bottom 3: Brynn Daniels, Olivia Wherry, and Reut Odinak

Captains: Jaime Laird and Maggie Remsen

Team Goals: To work hard in practice and push each other so to realize potential in matches; to be confident in abilities against higher ranked teams, playing every match with a tough and competitive attitude; to finish 5 or 6 at the Women’s National Team Championships.

Key Matches: Top 8 teams, especially Stanford and Dartmouth

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