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Stanford: 2013 – 2014 Women’s College Squash Season Preview

By Anne Bello | Published September 26, 2013, 3:00 PM ET | Updated September 23, 2013, 10:54 PM ET

Stanford UniversityStanford, CA — One of the biggest matches on Stanford’s schedule is Cornell. The Cardinal’s goal for this year is to improve on last year’s finish, and the road to that improvement inevitably goes through the Big Red’s territory. “Cornell is always a close match as we have both finished ranked 6 and 7 for the past few years,” says Stanford head coach Mark Talbott. Last season, Cornell edged out Stanford 5-4 in the Howe Cup consolation semifinals. If Stanford is going to reverse that result, they will have to do it without three of their top four players from last year, who have graduated. Fortunately, three new players (Baily Bondy, Julia Olson, and CC Ho) are expected to compete in the middle of the line-up. The newcomers are joining a squad that does more than train hard. “We have awesome chemistry, and it’s like camp every day at the courts,” Talbott enthuses. “We have fun every single day.” Stanford will also continue to be involved with Xtreme Squash, an urban squash program.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-7

Final Ranking: 7

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

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Talbott (Chaffee Award Winner)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Maddy Gill (2015 – Holleran Cup Winner); 5. Serena Fagan (2014); 6. Ally Huchro (2015); 7. Ariel Posner (2015); 8. Sarah Haig (2016); 9. Carolyn Gillette (2016); 10. Cesca Fliescher (2016); 11. Alex Yorke (2015);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Pam Chua (2013 – Richey Award Winner; Second Team All-American; Scholar Athlete); 2. Kerrie Sample (2013 – Second Team All-American; Scholar Athlete); 4. Julie Koenig (2013 – Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Baily Bondy (Locust Valley HS); Julia Olson (MICDS in St. Louis); and CC Ho (Groton School)

Captains: Serena Fagan and Julia Hemmendinger

Team Goals: Try to improve over last year’s finish

Key Matches: Cornell

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