By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 8:31 PM ET

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA — Launching a new varsity program is always a challenge, but Dickinson and head coach Chris Sachvie prospered last season. They won the E Division at Team Championships, which made every player ecstatic. In all likelihood, Dr. Les Poolman, Dickinson’s now retired athletic director, must have been thrilled. After all, he was instrumental in establishing Dickinson’s varsity program. Sachvie, not one to rest on his laurels, has a big goal this season: break into the top 25 in the national rankings. This may sound outlandish, but Dickinson only lost one player from their top 9 at Team Championships, and they are expecting seven new players to compete for positions in this year’s starting line-up. “The Dickinson women’s squash team managed to create such a great bond and team culture in our inaugural season. With so many new players being added we are looking to continue to work hard, have fun, and reach our team’s potential,” adds Sachvie.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-8

Final Ranking: 33

Team Championships: 1st in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.4524… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4524… Lower 3 Win %: 0.5676

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Christopher Sachvie

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Stuart Lemay (2018); 3. Meagan Dashcund (2018); 4. Patricia Francis-Hall (2017); 5. Merritt Davis (2017); 6. Winifred Bancroft (2018); 7. Elizabeth Vuchinich (2016); 8. Ashley Doyle (2018); 9. Meghan Shippe (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 2. Casey Merbler (2015); 10. Kathleen Lange (2015); 11. Jennifer Rush (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Nicole DeLuca (Baldwin School, Philadelphia, PA) and Domenica Romo (Ecuador)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Hedvika Suchankova (St. Michaels School, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Sarah Clothier (The Shipley School, Philadelphia, PA), Sarah Murphy (Brooks School, MA), and Alanis Perez (Canterbury School, CT)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Abbie Wingerd (Conestoga, Philadelphia, PA)

Team Goals: Break into the top 25 this season

Key Matches: Conn College, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Mount Holyoke, Tufts, Virginia, and William Smith

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