By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM ET

California Berkeley, University ofBerkeley, CA — California Berkeley is in the midst of rebuilding. Last season was the first year of that endeavor. The team went to the Team Championships shorthanded and finished 10th out of 11 teams in the E Division. This season, the Bears are looking to improve. According to team co-captain Yan Liu, “This season, we plan to recreate and rebuild a concrete team that is more determined to complete competitively while being a close-knit team that can rely on each other.” For California to improve in the rankings, they need to play more matches against a variety of teams. With two players from last season’s Team Championships expected to be in this year’s starting 9, the Bears will be challenged. The team has five incoming players that will hopefully step up and fill the vacancies.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-8

Final Ranking: 42

Team Championships: 10th in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 7 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Lauren Patrizio

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Yan Liu; 2. Kathleen Poa

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Kimberly Lin; 4. Yijing Yu; 5. Jennifer Ho; 6. Ashley Tsai; 7. Scarlett Varney; 8. Ann Huang

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Jennifer Rha
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Pernille Bucher Johannessen and Freja Ekman
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Eunkyung Lee
  • Other addition: Mina Go

Captains: Yan Liu and Katherine Poa

Team Goals: To rebuild the team and prepare for the future

Key Matches: Stanford

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