By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM ET

Stanford UniversityStanford, CA — Stanford has been amongst the top 8 teams in the nation since the 2007 – 2008 season. With a number of teams vying for positions in Howe Cup (A Division), Stanford will be fighting to maintain that streak this season. The Cardinal team will face several of the teams right behind them during the regular season, including Dartmouth, George Washington, Columbia, and Brown. Head coach Mark Talbott explains that improving their ranking “will be difficult this season with our number 1 player Maddy Gill taking a gap year, but we are all happy and excited for her to have the chance to travel and play squash at this point in her life.” The team is welcoming 3 first-year players, who are expected to compete for positions in the starting lineup. As always, Stanford will spend the season commuting to the East Coast for matches. Look for senior captains Ally Huchro, Ariel Posner, Alex Yorke, and Theresa Shropshire to bring the team together on these cross-continental adventures. Yorke “is the ultimate team player and captain who always quietly leads by example and never complains. Her positive attitude and work ethic contributes to team chemistry. She has consistently improved her four years and earned the respect from her teammates. She is a great example for the younger players,” adds Talbott. Stanford will be in the mix for one of the final positions in the A Division this season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-8

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Position with the Most Wins: #3s and 4s had 9 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Talbott

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Zandra Ho (2017); 4. Bailey Bondy (2017); 5. Ariel Posner (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Ally Huchro (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 7. Julia Olson (2017); 8. Sarah Haig (2016); 9. Carolyn Gillette (2016); 10. Francesca Fliescher (2016); 11. Alex Yorke (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Maddy Gill (2015, gap year); 3. Serena Fagan (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Christi Huchro and Sarah Bell
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Taty Dadabbo

Captains: Ally Huchro, Ariel Posner, Alex Yorke, and Theresa Shropshire

Team Goals: To improve our ranking

Key Matches: Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Brown

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