By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM ET

Notre Dame, University of South Bend, IN — Last season, the University of Notre Dame returned to the Women’s National Team Championships. In the Emerging Teams Division, the Fighting Irish lost three matches to Vanderbilt, Minnesota, and Washington University in St. Louis, but the trip served as valuable experience. Of the five players Notre Dame brought to the tournament, four are returning. In addition, two first years students are joining the squad. Notre Dame’s practice facilities were upgraded during the offseason. According to coach Geoff McCuen, “Over the summer we gained five more courts to practice on, but they are 18-foot (hardball) courts that were relined to look like softball courts. But it’s better than sending players to run on a treadmill when the courts were full.” WIth the experience of last season and better practice facilities, Notre Dame is poised for improvement this season.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 0-5

Final Ranking: 42

Team Championships: 4th in the Emerging Teams Division

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Geoff McCuen

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Brittany Sanok (2016); 2. Maddie Elherding (2016); 3. Kaya Moore (2016); 4. Monica Thomas (2016);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 5. Gia Bottiglione (2014);

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Nicole Schneider (2017)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Erica Pereira (2017)

Captains: Brittany Sanok

Team Goals: To win the Emerging Teams Division

Key Matches: All matches

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