By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM ET

Bates CollegeLewiston, ME — For the 2014 – 2015 season, the Bates women will need to fill roster spots vacated by three graduating seniors. With the addition of one recruit and several non-varsity players, the Bobcats should fill the gaps left by the class of 2014. They are returning their top player, Nessrine Ariffin, who recorded wins in 15 of 18  matches. Head coach Pat Cosquer added Greg Born to the coaching staff. The team will also benefit from a new four-wall glass court that is being constructed in their facility this fall. Also this fall, the Bobcats will pause to remember late head coaches Herb Bunker and John Illig. Between semesters, Bates will be visiting San Francisco for a community service and training trip. To make a move in the rankings, Bates will need more production from its middle third of the ladder. Last season, positions 4 through 6 won 53% of the time, while the top third and lower third won 63% and 60%, respectively. With five seniors entering the season, the Bobcats will be motivated.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-8

Final Ranking: 12

Team Championships: 4th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3… Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 16 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer ’97

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nessrine Ariffin (2015 – First Team All-NESCAC); 2. Myriam Kelly (2015 – First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 5. Chloe Mitchell (2015);  7. Lesea Bourke (2015); 8. Lauren Williams (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Charlotte Cabot (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Samantha Matos (2014); 4. Ashley Brooks (2014); 6. Rakey Drammeh (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Blair Weintraub (2018, Brentwood College School)

Captains: Myriam Kelly, Chloe Mitchell, and Lesea Bourke

Team Goals: To be the best team we can be, to enjoy the journey together and to honor and preserve the legacy of recently-deceased former coaches, Herb Bunker and John Illig.

Key Matches: NESCAC matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.