By Anne Bello
Published Sep 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM ET

Wesleyan University Middletown, CT — Will the third time be the charm for Wesleyan in the Walker Cup finals? In 2012, the Cardinals made it all the way to the C Division finals, only to fall to George Washington. Last season they were tantalizingly close to the division title, but Bowdoin defeated them 5-4 in the final. This time around, Wesleyan wants to take the Walker Cup back to Middletown — unless, of course, they can move up a division. Newcomers Annie Ferreira and Abigail Smith will be joining the team, as will a new assistant coach. For the seventh year in a row, Wesleyan will be heading to warmer climes for a week-long training trip in January, but this year’s destination — Grand Cayman — will be different. ‘We will work extremely hard to be the most cohesive and supportive team possible both off and on the court,” says head coach Shona Kerr. “We will be working very hard to be the best possible individual players that we can be and an even better team as a collective group.” Kerr speaks highly of the team: “We are a diverse group of individuals with many varied interests and studies outside of the squash courts. The sport of squash brings us together and unites this committed group that loves to have fun and support each other.”

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 16-9

Final Ranking: 18

Team Championships: 2nd in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Shona Kerr

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Mary Foster (2014 – First Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC All-Academic; NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 2. Annie Maxwell (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Lauren Nelson (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 5. Ellen Schwed (2014 – NESCAC All-Academic); 7. Claire Miller (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Liza Bayless (2016); 11. Hannah Jenkins (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); Hannah Plon (2014); Miranda Linsky (2014); Bridget Doherty (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 4. Grace Zimmerman (2013); 6. Danielle Craig (2013 – Scholar Athlete; NESCAC All-Academic); 8. Kar-Anne Tan (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Rosa Hayes (2013 – NESCAC All-Academic); Cristina Ortiz (2015 – studying abroad)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Annie Ferreira and Abigail Smith

Captains: Mary Foster, Lauren Nelson, and Ellen Schwed

Team Goals: To win the C Division or break into the B Division

Key Matches: NESCAC matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.