By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Aug 6, 2015 at 10:54 PM ET

Pennsylvania, University ofPhiladelphia, PA — Penn was so close last season. The Ivy League title and National Championship were within striking distance but ultimately eluded the Quakers. This season, the team will be motivated. They are focused on their match ups with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Trinity. They will replace their two graduates from Team Championships with three players expected to compete for positions in the lower half of the line-up.  The Quakers will be heading west in January. The team will visit Palo Alto, California, for a training trip and to face Stanford. From last year’s team championship line-up, Penn only has two players returning who are seniors, captain Leslie Gill (#10) and Colleen Fehm (#11). This could be Penn’s year for the title, which would be their first since 2000. With a plethora of young talent, the Quakers may have multiple seasons to contend for the title.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-4

Final Ranking: 4

Team Championships: 4th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Position with the Most Wins: #3s and 6s had 13 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jack Wyant

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anaka Alankamony (2017 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 2. Yan Xin Tan (2016 – Ramsay Cup Second Consolation Winner, CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 3. Haidi Lala (2016 – CSA Second Team All-American); 5. Michelle Wong (2017 – CSA Second Team All-American); 6. Camille Lanier (2016); 7. Carey Celata (2016); 9. Ailsa Agnew (2016); 10. Leslie Gill (2015); 11. Colleen Fehm (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Courtney Jones (2014 – CSA Second Team All-American, Academic All-Ivy); 8. Chloe Blacker (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 6: Melissa Alves (Miss Porters – Kourou, French Guiana) and Marie Stephan (Lycee St. Stanislas – Nimes, France)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Ali Richmond (St. Clements School – Toronto, Ontario) and Grace van Arkel (Episcopal Academy/Transfer from Columbia – Haverford, PA)

Captain: Leslie Gill

Team Goals: To win the Ivy League championship and National championship

Key Matches: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Trinity

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