By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM ET

Williams CollegeWilliamstown, MA — Williams wants to move into the top 10 in the national rankings. Given that they only graduated a single player, #1 Alyssa Northrop, from their 2014 Team Championship line-up, they have the experience needed to make such a move. They will also be gaining 4 new players, which should make the roster very deep.  The Ephs are planning a winter training trip to Santa Barbara, CA, which will be a relief from the cold of Williamstown. To make a move in the rankings, Williams will need to focus on close matches. The squad was 1 for 4 in 5-4 matches, losing to Drexel, Bates, and Middlebury. Eli O’Neil and Caroline Sawin, who is also a member of the Williams golf team, will lead the Ephs as senior co-captains. If last season can serve as the foundation for this year, movement up the rankings is a real possibility.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-14

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 4… Position with the Most Wins: #4s had 17 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Zafi Levy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Eli O’Neil (2015 – First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Caroline Sawin (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC); 4. Nicol Feshbuch (2016 – Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic); 5. Ellen Coombe (2017); 6. Lily Grant (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 7. Alyssa Richie (2017); 8. Charlotte Walsh (2017); 9. Maria Pylypiv (2015); 10. Celeste Lancaster (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Alyssa Northrop (2014 – First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 11. Gibbs Cullen (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Caroline Hogan
  • Hayley Parsons
  • Nicole Friedman
  • Ananya Mahalingam-Dhingra

Captains: Eli O’Neil and Caroline Sawin

Team Goals: Top-10 finish

Key Matches: Bates, Middlebury, Brown, Dartmouth, and Drexel

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