By Anne Bello
Published Sep 15, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 6, 2015 at 8:57 PM ET

Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY — Since 2009, when they made the jump to the A Division, Cornell has been one of the most consistent performers at the Women’s National Team Championships. Typically, the Big Red lose on the first day of the tournament, rebound with a dramatic win (or, less frequently, a close loss) in the consolation semifinals, and fade on the last day, finishing between 5th and 7th in the nation. Could this be the year Cornell reaches the upper echelon of the Howe Cup, or will they by stymied by one of the rising programs competing for a spot in the A Division? The Big Red squad is young this year, with only two seniors: co-captains Reut Odinak and Olivia Wherry. “They are both fully invested in their team and will lead well. Cornell squash will definitely be united and play their best due to their endeavors,” head coach Julee Devoy reports. Newcomers Lauren Leizman, Nghi Nguyen, and Hannah Scherl will be joining the Big Red, and the program boasts a new electronic scoring system as well.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 6

Team Championships: 6th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.6471… Middle 3 Win %: 0.6078… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5882

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Julee Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Michele Garceau (2018); 3. Rachel Scherman (2017); 4. Margaux Losty (2018); 6. Emma Uible (2018); 8. Reut Odinak (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. Charlotte Knaggs (2018); 10. Olivia Wherry (2016); 11. Sydney Francis (2017); Laura Watson (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 1. Danielle Letourneau (2015 – CSA First Team All-American, Academic All-Ivy, All-Ivy League Team); 5. Lindsay Seginson (2015); 7. Rachel Au (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster: Lauren Leizman (Hathaway Brown School), Nghi Nguyen (The Potomac School), Hannah Scherl (The Ramaz School)

Captains: Reut Odinak and Olivia Wherry

Team Goals: To compete in the Howe Cup (A Division)

Key Matches: Top-10 opponents

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.