By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 6, 2015 at 9:12 PM ET

Colby CollegeWaterville, ME — Last season, Colby improved four ranking positions from the conclusion of the 2013 – 2014 season. That, combined with their impressive play, earned the Mules the Women’s College Squash Association’s Most Improved Team Award. This season, Colby wants to continue its upward trajectory in the rankings. The Mules graduated their entire middle of the line-up from Team Championships, so returners will need to fill the void. The top third of the Mules’ line-up has two seniors, including captain Julie Wolpow, who are looking to conclude their collegiate careers on an up note. Matches with Amherst, Bowdoin, Mount Holyoke, Tufts, and Wesleyan have been identified as key for the Mules. The team performed well in 5-4 matches last season, only losing twice to Bowdoin. To get to the next level, Colby will need to use the experience from last season and win their close matches.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-11

Final Ranking: 19

Team Championships: 3rd in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 5… Top 3 Win %: 0.3611… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4306… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5143

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Sakhi Khan (Most Improved Team)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Devin Mullaney (2018 – First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 2. Julie Wolpow (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 3. Mikaela Johnson (2016); 7. Cricket Di Galoma (2018); 8. Elise O’Brien (2018); 9. Caroline Pelham (2017 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Florence Robinson (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Tara Tischio (2015); 5. Elizabeth Brehman (2015); 6. Madeline Hunsicker (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Helen Bernhard
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Katie Chow

Captains: Julie Wolpow

Team Goals: Improve ranking

Key Matches: Amherst, Bowdoin, Mount Holyoke, Tufts, and Wesleyan

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