By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM ET

Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, MO — After finishing the 2013 – 2014 college squash season ranked 38th, Washington in St. Louis aims to improve its ranking this season. This is the third season for the Bears, but they already have a competitive history with Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, Cal, and Northwestern. To improve their rankings, Washington in St. Louis will need to face these squads and hopefully travel to the East Coast to challenge some new opponents. In addition, they will need to compete with and against teams with 9 players (last season only 30% of their regular season matches were with 9 players). The Bears’ ladder positions 6 and 7 were the most productive on the team last season, with each of those positions capturing 79% of their matches.  With the #7 from team championships having graduated, along with three other seniors, the Bears will need to fill four spots.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-7

Final Ranking: 38

Team Championships: 6th in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 4… Position with the Most Wins: #6s and 7s had 11 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Mike Puertas

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Haoshu Xu (2017); 2. Helen Head (2015); 4. Esther Koh (2016); 5. Nicole Williamson (2016); 8. Joanna Klitzke (2016); 10. Dilara Hatipoglu (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Marie Swarzenski (2014); 6. Sarah Harary (2014); 7. Rachel Chung (2014); 9. Rachel Blake (2014)

Captains: Helen Head and Paige Landau

Team Goals:  To build a strong line up for the upcoming season and improve our ranking

Key Matches: Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, Cal, and Northwestern

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