By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM ET

Franklin and Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA — Although last season’s run for Franklin & Marshall at the Women’s National Team Championships was not ideal for the Diplomats, the three losses in the Kurtz Cup served as a learning experience and brought the team closer together. This season, F&M returns all but one player from last season’s top 9 and with the addition of four new players, two of whom should compete for positions in the top 4, the future looks bright in Lancaster. The team will volunteer with Squash ACES, Lancaster’s urban squash program. During the regular season, the Diplomats will have the opportunity to face Amherst, George Washington, and Williams, last season’s competition in the Kurtz Cup. These matches will be a great test for F&M prior to the National Team Championships. As the F&M website so accurately puts it, associate head coach Ron Epps will help motivate the team with his “epic and colorful introductions.”

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-12

Final Ranking: 16

Team Championships: 8th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Emily Caldwell (2016); 2. Roxana Mead (2014); 4. Jazmin Matos (2016);  6. Cris Margaret Frias (2016); 7. Liz Gatling (2014); 8. Dana Rapisarda (2016); 9. Krista Lancione (2015);

Studying Abroad During the Fall Semester: 5. Katherine Perry (2015); 11. Henrietta Goelet (2015); and Ashley Strunk

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Chelsea Ross (2013); 10. Stephanie Tzarnas (2013);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 4: Fiona Murphy (Wales) and Dulakshi Elikewela (Sri Lanka)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Kate O Brien
  • Other addition: Hope Johnson

Captains: Liz Gatling and Roxana Mead

Team Goals: Top-14 finish

Key Matches: All matches

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