By Anne Bello
Published Oct 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM ET

Drexel University Philadelphia, PA — Expect last season’s most improved team to be even better this time around. Drexel won the Most Improved Team Award after climbing from 35th in the 2011-2012 season-ending rankings to 20th in 2012-2013. The team has only lost one starter to graduation, and they have three newcomers who are all expected to play in the top four. The newest Dragons come from around the world: Elisa Money hails from Canada, Mary Fung-A-Fat comes from Guyana, and Maria Diagama is from Colombia. Kelsey Engman, who has professional playing experience and who coached at Columbia, also joins the program as assistant coach, taking over from Sean Wilkinson, who is the new men’s head coach at Princeton. The Dragons are  eyeing a possible training trip to the West Coast, and they will be playing a demanding schedule. “Watch for the team work ethic, team spirit and best of all loving this game of squash!” says head coach John White.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-11

Final Ranking: 20

Team Championships: 4th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: John White (Most Improved Team)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Damindhi Udangawa (2016); 2. Kaitlyn Money (2016); 3. Katie Barnes (2014); 4. Laura Rahauser (2016); 5. Kiran Vasudevan (2015 – Scholar Athlete); 6. Disha Tharymal (2016); 8. Courtney Sabo (2015); 9. Davila Thompson (2014); 11. Claire Anderson (2014)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 7. Atiqah Shahrin (2013 – Scholar Athlete); 10. Anna Schmiedicke (2013 – Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 4: Maria Diagama, Elisa Money and Mary Fung-A-Fat

Captains: Davila Thompson and Courtney Sabo

Team Goals: To move up in the rankings

Key Matches: Every match

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