By Anne Bello
Published Oct 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM ET

William Smith College Geneva, NY — After winning the 2013 Epps Cup, the William Smith Herons are now shooting for a berth in the C Division. “We’re going to be a young and enthusiastic squad!” announces head coach Chip Fishback. The team will be down four starters, who all competed in the top five. Fortunately for the Herons, they have a large incoming class. Allie Rubin of the Abington Friends School is expected to play in the top three, and Phoebe Carlisle (Westover School), Brooke Hayes (Kingswood-Oxford School), and Delaney Teceno (Tabor Academy) will be fresh faces in the middle of  the order. Captain Nellie Lindecke returns from abroad and will likely play in the bottom third, as will newcomer Lauren Randaccio of the Nichols School. Among the returning players who competed at last season’s National Team Championships, only one player — Hannah Meyer — is a senior, so the new players will be able to gain experience early on that should set the team up for success in the coming seasons.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-7

Final Ranking: 25

Team Championships: 1st in the Epps Cup (D Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Chip Fishback

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Andrea Tran (2015); 6. Justine Shank (2016); 7. Erin Casey (2016); 8. Molly Doran (2015); 9. Hannah Meyer (2014); 10. Katie Hill (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Rachel Newman (2016 – transfer); 3. Olivia Beckwith (2013); 4. Annie Habecker (2013); 5. Courtney Leous (2013); 11. Rosemary Chandler (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Allie Rubin (Abington Friends School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Phoebe Carlisle (Westover School); Brooke Hayes (Kingswood-Oxford School); and Delaney Teceno (Tabor Academy)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Nellie Lindecke (returning from year abroad); Lauren Randaccio (Nichols School)

Captain: Nellie Lindecke

Team Goals: Move up to the Walker Cup

Key Matches: St. Lawrence and Vassar

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