By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2015 at 7:32 PM ET

Haverford CollegeArdmore, PA — After winning the E Division at Team Championships at the conclusion of 2013 and 2014, Haverford made the jump to the Epps Cup (D Division) last season. This season, head coach Niki Clement, whose position was made full-time in April, says that the teams’ goals are “to compete at our highest standard in matches. This team works very hard in practice throughout the season, and one of our goals will be to execute well and stay poised throughout competition. We also want to continually improve throughout the season as individual players.” Matches with Centennial Conference rival Dickinson, as well as matches with Boston College, Bucknell, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins will be key for the Black Squirrels. Clement adds that Haverford squad “is a team that works hard to improve their squash on a daily basis. They are such a motivated group of women and work hard both on and off the squash court. I know part of their motivation comes from each other. They have a genuine respect for each other’s games and whether they realize it or not, affect each other to play at their best continually. They also happen to be the nicest and most enthusiastic group of women, which makes my work as head coach even more enjoyable.” Co-captains Bethany Simmonds and Emily Berlin will lead the squad.  Simmonds “has been a leader on the team since her freshman year and has shown upperclassmen as well as underclassmen examples of true sportsmanship, fairness, and respect throughout her time at Haverford.” Look for the Fords to be in the middle of the Epps Cup this season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 31

Team Championships: 7th in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.6275… Middle 3 Win %: 0.549… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4318

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Niki Clement

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Isabelle Gotuaco (2018); 2. Bethany Simmonds (2016); 4. Isabel Agnew (2017); 6. Alyssa Kaden (2016); 7. Emily Berlin (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Grace Fioramonti-Gorchow (2018); 10. Sabina Aliev (2016); 11. Emilia Cobbs (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 3. Alex Love (2015); 5. Samara Flug (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. Avery Weisel (2015);

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Sarah Madigan (returning from study abroad)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Atalanta Henderson

Captains: Bethany Simmonds and Emily Berlin

Team Goals: To compete at our highest standard in matches.

Key Matches: Dickinson, Boston College, Bucknell, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins

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