By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM ET

Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth Hadley, MA — Mount Holyoke was hampered by injuries at key points last season. At championships, the team stepped up and finished sixth in the Walker Cup (C Division) and ranked 22nd overall. The Lyons lost five players from last season’s roster to graduation. This season, Mount Holyoke will be adding four new players. According to head coach Erin Robson, “Our goals are to improve upon last year’s finish and to develop as a team while rebuilding with new players.” The team is looking forward to matches with Wesleyan, Wellesley, and Tufts this season. Samantha Rosado, last season’s #3 at Team Championships, is returning for her senior campaign. She learned to play squash at Mount Holyoke. “Samantha is one of the hardest working players in the program. She continues to work hard to improve and refine her game. Samantha puts in extra time on the court and trains diligently. She also competes with great intensity and rises to new challenges,” states Robson. The Lyons would also like to regain the Seven Sisters crown this season. Look for Mount Holyoke to challenge for a position in the upper half of the Walker Cup.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-12

Final Ranking: 22

Team Championships: 6th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 1… Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 18 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Erin Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Sherouk Khefagy (2016 – Seven Sisters All-Conference); 3. Samantha Rosado (2015); 6. Allison Shilling (2017); 7. Sanjna Merchant (2017); 8. Xianger Fei (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. Catherine Ryan (2016); 11. Anna Hartman (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Randima Ranaweera (2014 – Seven Sisters All-Conference); 4. Katrina Intal (2014); 5. Elyse Taylor (2014); 10. Amy Sanchez (2017); Shaheen Madraswala (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Brandy Williamson (Thurgood Marshall Academy, NY)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Emily Chang (Mira Loma High School – Carmichael, CA)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Srishti Palani (Rajkot, India)
  • Other addition: Kirina GairMacMichael (Ethel Walker School)

Team Goals: To improve upon last year’s finish and to develop as a team while rebuilding with new players

Key Matches: Tufts, Wesleyan, and Wellesley

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