By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM ET

Virginia, University ofCharlottesville, VA — Virginia isn’t satisfied with winning the Epps Cup (D Division). They are not satisfied being the highest ranked club team. The team plans to move even higher in the rankings this season. With six experienced players joining the Cavaliers’ ladder, the team could end up in this season’s Walker Cup (C Division). According to head coach Mark Allen, “After losing just one player to graduation and adding six new players to our top nine, we are confident that with the right preparation we can challenge for the C Division title this season.” The team has beefed up its schedule and will face C Division teams in the regular season, including Mount Holyoke and Wellesley. Senior captain Celia Dyer will be serving her second stint as captain this season. “In Celia’s career, she has racked up an impressive 37-3 record for the Cavaliers and we are excited to have one more year with her here at UVa,” adds Allen. The Cavaliers hope that the 2014 – 2015 season will be a major advancement in their goal of attaining a top-10 position by the 2018 – 2019 season.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-2

Final Ranking: 25

Team Championships: 1st in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #1s and 2s had 11 Wins…

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Mark Allen

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Celia Dyer (2015 – CSA Academic Recognition); 2. Lindsay Bralower (2017); 3. Carolyn Grenier (2017); 4. Charlotte Searle (2017); 5. Tara Simonson (2015); 6. Annaliesa Routh (2015); 7. Mary Shimkus (2015); 8. Charlotte Mara (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Elizabeth Rajasingh (2014); 10. Elisabeth Brown (2014); 11. Meghan Cover (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Carey Danforth (Deerfield Academy)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3:  Isabel Stack (Taft School) and Amanda Whelan (Greenwich Academy)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Sarah Walker and Hannah Cooper

Captains: Celia Dyer

Team Goals: To capitalize on the momentum we finished with last season and press forward into the C Division

Key Matches: Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins

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