By Anne Bello
Published Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 8:11 PM ET

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA — After finishing 7th in the B Division last season, the F&M women have their eyes on the Kurtz Cup. With their top six players from last season’s team championship roster returning, they are in a good position to move up in the division. Among the returners is senior Emily Caldwell, who will be co-captaining the squad with junior Katherine O’Brien.  Head coach Gavin Jones speaks highly of Caldwell: “She is a very hard worker and a dedicated student athlete. Emily has had a great college carer for F&M, and she is always there supporting team members.” F&M will also see three new players join the team. Ellen Verry, Lauren Cunningham, and Melissa Epstein are all expected to play in the top 9, adding depth to a young team that is gaining experience. The Diplomats will also be volunteering with the Squash ACES program this year, and that will be one way the squad will work toward their goal of growing closer as a team.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-9

Final Ranking: 15

Team Championships: 7th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 1… Top 3 Win %: 0.5741… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4074… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5185

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Gavin Jones

Associate Head Coach: Ron Epps

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Sherilyn Yang (2018); 2. Fiona Murphy (2017); 3. Lauren Johnston (2018); 4. Emily Caldwell (2016); 5. Andriena Benedith (2018); 6. Dulakshi Elikewela (2017); 9. Katherine O’Brien (2017); 10. Cris Margaret Frias (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 7. Jazmin Matos (2016, studying abroad); 8. Katherine Perry (2015); 11. Krista Lancione (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 6: Ellen Verry (New Zealand)
  • Expected to play in the top 9: Lauren Cunningham and Melissa Epstein

Captains: Emily Caldwell and Katherine O’Brien

Team Goals: To continue to improve both on and off the court. To compete for the Div B title and to keep growing closer as a team.

Key Matches: All matches

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