By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM ET

Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ — After finishing to the 2014 – 2015 college squash season ranked 5th in the nation, the Princeton Tigers want to return to the top half of the Howe Cup (A Division) and vie for the Ivy League and national titles. The team will need to replace several stalwarts in their line-up, but the addition of three first-year players, including Olivia Fiechter, should help fill the gaps. According to head coach Gail Ramsay, “We graduated some great players and they won some big matches for us.  I am confident my freshman recruits will come in strong and competitive.” The Tigers will be led by its seniors, including captain Alex Lunt, Hallie Dewey, and Nicole Bunyan. Bunyan, the highest on the ladder of the three seniors, had great wins under pressure last season. “I am expecting her to set the tone for the team at practice along with the other two seniors.   She leads by example and that is exactly what our team responds to,” adds Ramsay. A few new matches have been aded to the Tigers’ schedule, include Wesleyan (first meeting since 1983) and George Washington.  To make a leap in the rankings, Princeton needs to win 5-4 matches. Last season, they twice came up short, 4-5,  in their regular season and their Howe Cup matches against Yale. Ramsay is confident that her team will improve: “We work hard on our team dynamics and it really pays off. The women enjoy their experience and make the best of a great opportunity.”

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-5

Final Ranking: 5

Team Championships: 5th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #6s had 15 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gail Ramsay

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Maria Elena Ubina (2017 – CSA First Team All-American, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, All-Ivy League Team); 3. Nicole Bunyan (2015 – CSA Second Team All-American); 4. Rachel Leizman (2016); 5. Alexandra Lunt (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Hallie Dewey (2015); 8. Alexandra Toth (2017); 9. Tara Harrington (2016 – Holleran Cup Second Consolation Winner); 11. Gabriella Garr (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Libby Eyre (2014 – CSA First Team All-American, Academic All-Ivy); 7. Alexandra Sawin (2014); 10. Lexi Saunders (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); Caroline Feeley (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Olivia Fiechter (2018)
  • Expected to play in the middle to bottom 3: Lindsey Scott and Kira Keating

Captains: Alexandra Lunt

Team Goals: To be competitive for the Ivy title and the Howe Cup team championship

Key Matches: Ivy League and Trinity

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