Philadelphia, PA — The Quakers are focused on the Ivy League Scrimmages as the season begins. “They are first on the schedule and the team is excited to showcase its skills,” says Alex Falk, a sports information director at Penn. For Penn, as for the other Ivy League teams, the Scrimmages are a chance to eye some of their key competition. The event, which does not count toward the regular season, will also give Penn the opportunity to test out a substantially new line-up, as four starters from last season’s team have graduated. Anaka Alankamon and Michelle Wong, members of the class of 2017, will be joining the team, and there will also be opportunities for veteran players to step up and fill the spots in the line-up. Two new assistant coaches, Gilly Lane and Ricky Dodd, will be joining the program as well; Lane, who has represented the United States internationally, was a standout player at Penn, and Dodd played in the national team finals for Yale. “The team’s goals are to improve every day at practice, thus improving match results, and finally resulting in an improved national ranking,” says Falk. Since the Quakers finished third in the nation last year, an improved ranking would mean a trip to the Howe Cup final.
2012-2013 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 14-3
Final Ranking: 3
Team Championships: 3rd in the Howe Cup (A Division)
2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Jack Wyant
Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Yan Xin Tan (2016 – First Team All-American; All-Ivy League Team; Ivy League Rookie of the Year); 4. Haidi Lala (2016); 7. Camille Lanier (2016); 8. Courtney Jones (2014); 9. Chloe Blacker (2014); 10. Ailsa Agnew (2016); 11. Carey Celata (2016)
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Nabilla Ariffin (2013 – Second Team All-American; Academic All Ivy; All-Ivy League Team); 3. Rachael Goh (2013 – Second Team All-American); 5. Pia Trikha (2013 – Second Team All-American); (Penn) 6. Yarden Odinak (2013); Stephanie Vogel (2013)
Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster: Anaka Alankamon and Michelle Wong
Captains: Courtney Jones and Chloe Blacker
Team Goals: Improve every day throughout the season
Key Matches: Ivy League matches
To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.