By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 10:03 PM ET

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL — Northwestern surprised many college squash fans last season. In only their second season of play, the Wildcats moved up to the 34th position in the rankings. This season, the squad wants to move up in the rankings and either win the E Division or play in the  Epps Cup. This may be a challenging goal. Select trips to Boston last year allowed Northwestern to face Wellesley and Haverford, but the rest of their regular season schedule was weak. Northwestern also needs to stop facing the same team twice in the same day to demonstrate to the ranking committee that they are serious about their schedule. At Team Championships, Northwestern faced Dickinson for the E Division title. Although they lost that match, the experience should help motivate the squad for the upcoming season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-4

Final Ranking: 34

Team Championships: 2nd in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win %: 0.641… Middle 3 Win %: 0.641… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5161

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Jamie Leventhal (2018); 2. Marisa Bhargava (2017); 4. Karna Nangia (2016); 6. Natalie Ser (2018); 7. Cara Franke (2016); 10. Jane Gross (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 3. Jaclyn Edelson (2015); 5. Alyssa Brewer (2015); 8. Meghan Schmitt (2015); 9. Sophie Frishberg (2015)

Captain: Marisa Bhargava

Team Goals: Win our division title or break into the next division

Key Matches: Dickinson, Haverford, and Washington in St. Louis

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