By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM ET

Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY — At the conclusion of last season, Cornell finished sixth in the national rankings. The Big Red would like to improve on that ranking and move into the top 5. Head Coach Julee Devoy recognizes that the team also has company in that goal. She explains that they are “watching our back closely as there are many improving teams with more and more international players arriving on the college scene.” Last season, Cornell did not play any 5-4 matches, which may be needed this season to make the jump into the top 5. Cornell will be led by senior co-captain Danielle Letourneau, a decorated Canadian player, who has occupied the top spot in the Big Red’s line-up for the past three seasons. The All-American and All-Ivy League player will be joined by co-captain Reut Odinak in heading up a squad that will be be looking to replace its 2, 5, and 9 from last season’s championship roster. Look for the five first-year students to shift into the middle and bottom of the ladder. With only two seniors on the team, Cornell is a young but very eager team that is hungry to prove itself during the 2014 – 2015 college squash season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-7

Final Ranking: 6

Team Championships: 6th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): Did Not Play Any 5-4 Matches… Position with the Most Wins: #1s, 2s, and 8s had 10 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Julee Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Danielle Letourneau (2015 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team, Academic All-Ivy); 3. Lindsay Seginson (2015); 4. Rachel Scherman (2017); 6. Rachel Au (2015); 7. Reut Odinak (2016); 8. Olivia Wherry (2016); 10. Sydney Francis (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Jessenia Pacheco (2014 – CSA Second Team All-American, Ramsay Cup First Consolation Winner, All-Ivy League Team, Academic All-Ivy); 5. Brynn Daniels (2016); 9. Laura Caty (2014); 11. Kristin Scillia (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3 and bottom 3: Emma Uible (Seven Hills School – Cincinnati, OH); Margaux Losty (William Penn Charter School -Philadelphia, PA); Michele Garceau (Ecole Gabrielle Roy – Surrey, BC, Canada); Charlotte Knaggs (Wycliffe College, England – from T&T)
  • Other addition: Laura Watson (Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, CT)

Captains: Danielle Letourneau and Reut Odinak

Team Goals: Top 5 national ranking

Key Matches: Top 10 teams

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