By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 11, 2015 at 2:44 PM ET

Wellesley CollegeWellesley, MA — For the second consecutive season, Wellesley captured the Seven Sisters title. The Blue Pride want to extend that streak this season, and they know that Mount Holyoke, their top Seven Sisters rival, is eager to regain the crown. Wellesley is focused on matches with last year’s Walker Cup squads. The Blue Pride will need to perform well against these teams to move up the rankings to receive a higher seeding in Team Championships. The team has already commenced volunteering efforts this season. In early October, the squad participated in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” initiative, Wellelsey’s fifth consecutive year. They are also volunteering with SquashBusters and the American Cancer Society Walk. The team will have two seniors, Kate Loftus, who learned to play squash in college, and Gabriella Wynn. Wellesley will need a few quality wins during the regular season if they want to maintain a position in this season’s Walker Cup.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-11

Final Ranking: 24

Team Championships: 8th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.5556… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5278… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4714

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Wendy Berry (Seven Sister Championship)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Sarah Zhang (2018 – Seven Sisters All-Tournament Team); 2. Phyllis Lin (2018 – Seven Sisters All-Tournament Team); 3. Meera Nayar (2017); 4. Rhea Advani (2017); 5. Gabriella Wynne (2016 – Seven Sisters All-Tournament Team); 6. Navisha Gupta (2017); 7. Ruby Feng (2017); 8. Kate Loftus (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 11. Meredith Curry (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 9. Sarah Tammaro (2015); 10. Mollee Jain (2016)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Tamara Deshong (Deerfield Academy)
  • Other addition: Lumi Ninjo (St. Paul’s School) and Tina Zhang (Williston Northampton School)

Captains: Gabriella Wynne and Rhea Advani

Team Goals: To move up the rankings and retain the Seven Sisters title

Key Matches: Bowdoin, Colby, Conn College, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Tufts, and William Smith

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