By Anne Bello
Published Oct 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM ET

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA — The future looks bright for Drexel. The Dragons tied for 13th place in the 2014 – 2015 season-ending rankings, a program best. The team will return their top five players from last season’s championship roster, along with two other starters from the top nine. “We had great team chemistry last year and we hope to continue in the same pattern,” says assistant coach Kelsey Engman. “We hope to climb the rankings with the strength of our new recruits and returning veteran players. Of course, we hope to train well, play fairly, and achieve the best results we can achieve.” The new recruits are Fiona Power of Ireland and Apoorva Addepalli of India, who are both expected to make an impact on the starting line-up. Among the returners is senior co-captain Laura Rahauser. “Laura has been on the team almost since the inaugural year of the program. She has always worked her hardest, she takes her role on the team very seriously, and was subsequently voted captain for all of her efforts in the past three seasons,” Engman explains. The Dragons will be volunteering with SquashSmarts again this season, and they are planning a training trip for the winter. According to Engman, “We have a wonderful group of young women who get along well and work hard every day. The program is growing and it’s a great time to be a part of the team.”

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-11

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win %: 0.5667… Middle 3 Win %: 0.65… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4138

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: John White

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Hayley Hughes (2018); 2. Ryan Morgan (2018); 3. Mary Fung-a-Fat (2017); 4. Elisa Money (2017); 5. Laura Rahauser (2016);  8. Abby Kaplan (2018); 9. Kristine Giltvedt (2017); 11. Alex Dodson (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 6. Kaitlyn Money (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete);  7. Kiran Vasudevan (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 10. Courtney Sabo (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Fiona Power (Colaiste Lognaid School, Ireland)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Apoorva Addepalli (Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, India)

Captains: Mary Fung-A-Fat and Laura Rahauser

Team Goals: Build on our strong team chemistry and climb the rankings.

Key Matches: Every match

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