By Anne Bello
Published Oct 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM ET

Wellesley College Wellesley, MA — Wellesley went out of the 2012-2013 squash season with a win, edging out Connecticut College 5-4 to finish seventh in the Walker Cup. Conn figures to be a key match on Wellesley’s schedule, as the Blue want to stay ahead of the Camels in the rankings. To do so, they will have to draw on a number of new players, as five players from last year’s championship roster have graduated or are studying abroad. The Wellesley coaching staff is optimistic about the team’s prospects. “We’re extremely young and have a lot of players with bright futures,” says assistant coach David Renninger. The new players should add depth to the Blue’s order. Kelsey Burhans and Rhea Advani are expected to play in the middle three, and Meera Nayar, Navisha Gupta, and Ruby Feng are expected to play in the bottom three. Mollee Jain and Sara Tamarro will also be part of the mix, competing for spots in the starting line-up. The Blue will open the season against Northeastern in early November, and they are scheduled to have a rematch with Conn on November 17.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-15

Final Ranking: 23

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

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Berry

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Rosemary O’Connor (2014 – Seven Sisters All-Conference); 2. Gabriella Wynne (2016 – Seven Sisters All-Conference); 4. Sara Del Balzo (2014); 5. Haley Vasquez (2014 – Scholar Athlete); 10. Kate Loftus (2016); 11. Charlotte Benishek (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Lilly Tyson (2015 – studying abroad); 6. Margo Sulmont (2013 – Scholar Athlete); 7. Alexandra Spiliakos (2015 – studying abroad); 8. Emaline Surgenor (2013); 9. Cara Kaufman (2013 – Scholar Athlete)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Kelsey Burhans and Rhea Advani
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Meera Nayar, Navisha Gupta, and Ruby Feng
  • Other additions: Mollee Jain and Sara Tamarro

Team Goals: To improve team ranking

Key Matches: Conn College

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