By Anne Bello
Published Oct 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM ET

Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA — After an upstart Drexel squad bounced Mount Holyoke out of the Kurtz Cup main draw in the first round of the Women’s National Team Championships, the Lyons found themselves outside the top twenty for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. Expect the defending Seven Sisters champions to regain some of their old form this season. Almost the entire line-up from last year’s championships will be back, and senior Katrina Intal will be back from study abroad. Junior Dachelle Parker may be back from injury as well. The three new players joining the team bring a range of squash experiences with them: Sanjna Merchant hails from Mumbai, India; Allison Shilling played at Choate; and Amy Sanchez is a SquashBusters alumna. Key matches for the team will be Colby, Wesleyan, and Hamilton. “These were close matches last year and getting those matches to go our way will make a big difference,” says newly appointed head coach Erin Robson.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-9

Final Ranking: 21

Team Championships: 5th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Erin Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Randima Ranaweera (2014 – Seven Sisters All-Conference); 2. Sherouk Mohamed Omar (2016); 3. Shaheen Madraswala (2014 – Scholar Athlete; Seven Sisters All-Conference); 4. Samantha Rosado (2015); 6. Elyse Taylor (2014); 7. Xianger Fei (2015); 8. Susannah Bonn (2016); 9. Lauren Reikes (2016); 10. Catherine Ryan (2016); 11. Anna Hartman (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 5. Kathryn Brummer (2013 – Wetzel Award Winner; Seven Sisters All-Conference)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Rejoining the team: Katrina Intal (2014 – returning from semester abroad); Dachelle Parker (2015 – back from injury)
  • Other addition: Sanjna Merchant (Jae Hind College – Mumbai, India); Amy Sanchez (Fenway Charter School); and Allison Shilling (Choate)

Captains: Shaheen Madraswala and Randima Ranaweera

Team Goals: To break back into the top 20 and to be a contender for the Walker Cup championship

Key Matches: Colby, Wesleyan, and Hamilton

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