By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM ET

Tufts UniversityMedford, MA — Tufts finished last season as the 27th-ranked team in the nation and placed 3rd in the Epps Cup (D Division). This season, the Jumbos want to improve. According to senior co-captain Ann Bellinger, the team goal “is to be competitive in the C Division at Nationals.” Critical to that goal is regular season match ups with other NESCAC schools, Mount Holyoke, St. Lawrence, and Wellesley. The team did particularly well in close matches last season. They defeated Boston College (twice), Conn College, and William Smith in 5-4 matches. The Jumbos’ sole 4-5 loss came in the Epps Cup against Virginia, the eventual winner of that division. A key step to improving this season will be the lower third of the team. Last season, positions 7, 8, and 9 combined to win 28% of their matches. With two seniors from the starting nine graduating and number 1 Paget Stanco studying abroad in the fall, the team will need to rely on its six new players to fill the vacancies.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-11

Final Ranking: 27

Team Championships: 3rd in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 5… Position with the Most Wins: #2s had 13 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Joe McManus

Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Paige Dahlman (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Ann Bellinger (2015); 4. Anna Bezahler (2017); 5. Lynn Cheng (2017); 7. Rowan Rice (2107); 8. Charlotte Griffiths (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic)

Studying Abroad (Fall Semester): 1. Paget Stanco (2016 – Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 6. Caroline Howe (2014 – NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Sophie Laing (2016, studying abroad – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Rachael Jackson (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic);

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Claudia Udolf
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Tammara Gary (abroad during Spring semester) and Lauren Banner
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Gabi Salomon
  • Other Additions: Ellie Monroe (returning from abroad), Sally Pratt (returning from abroad)

Captains: Ann Bellinger, Paige Dahlman, and Paget Stanco

Team Goals: To be competitive in the C division at Nationals.

Key Matches: NESCAC teams, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, St. Lawrence

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