By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 9, 2015 at 8:04 PM ET

Colgate UniversityHamilton , NY — With zero seniors on this year’s squad, Colgate is looking to use this season to improve their skills and gain experience. According to head coach Ben Oliver, Colgate had great improvements to their home courts during the offseason. “The walls were all patched, repainted, and relined, and the floors were repaired and resurfaced. One court had a completely new floor put in,” states Oliver. With the renovated courts, the Raiders are looking forward to hosting a few home matches this season, including a small round robin with William Smith, Boston University, and Minnesota. Colgate knows that matches with teams that finished last season around them in the rankings will be key. The Raiders are eyeing matches with Rochester, Smith, and Vassar. With three incoming players with squash experience joining the team, the Raiders expect to have a much deeper ladder this season. Don’t be surprised if Colgate finishes in the top half of the E Division this season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-9

Final Ranking: 37

Team Championships: 5th in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.1667… Middle 3 Win %: 0.0667… Lower 3 Win %: 0.1364

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Ben Oliver

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Emily Dowling (2017); 2. Olivia Taylor (2018); 3. Courtney McGill (2016 – CSA Academic Recognition); 4. Gracie Rentschler (2016); 5. Natalie Abrams (2016); 6. Carolyn Kiernan (2017); 7. Kayla Oliver (2018); 8. Claire Eckert (2017); 9. Irene Yang (2018); 10. Julia Paige Joseph (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: None

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Freesia Ferrantino (2019, West Hampton Beach High School) and  Amanda Gastel (2019, The Wheeler School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Annie Childress (2019, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)

Captains: Courtney McGill, Gracie Rentscher, and Natalie Abram

Team Goals: To improve our skills and to better our record from last season

Key Matches: Rochester, Smith, and Vassar

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