By Anne Bello
Published Oct 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM ET

Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN — After winning the 2013 Emerging Teams Division, Vanderbilt hopes to compete as a nine-player squad in 2014. “We won the Emerging Teams Division without a formal coach,” explains Lindsey Kelt, who will captain the team along with Victoria Coussa, Hannah Elbaum, and Elizabeth Ross. “Our team goal is mainly to improve our skill level. We hope to bring a full team of nine people to nationals this year and qualify in a higher division than the Emerging Teams.” Three new players will help the Commodores reach their goals: Allison Zeigler, Bess Butler, and Caroline Miller. The two new courts Vanderbilt recently built will also help the team’s efforts. The Commodores have pointed to Virginia and Notre Dame as major opponents during the season. According to Kelt, “UVA will be a key match for us because they are our only southern opponent and will challenge our skill level. Notre Dame will also be a key match for us because they are another emerging club program; a match against Notre Dame will allow both teams to further develop our squash programs.”

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 3-0

Final Ranking: 39

Team Championships: 1st in the Emerging Teams Division

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Elizabeth Ross (2016); 2. Lindsey Kelt (2016);  4. Hannah Elbaum (2015); 5. Vicky Coussa (2015); 6. Elizabeth Ayoub (2016); 7. Eleanor Tilton (2015); 8. Blair Amorello (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Emily Bernsten (2016)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Allison Ziegler (Radnor High School); Bess Butler (Middlesex School)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Caroline Miller (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)

Captains: Victoria Coussa, Hannah Elbaum, Elizabeth Ross, and Lindsey Kelt

Team Goals: Enter a 9 player division at Nationals

Key Matches: UVA and Notre Dame

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