By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2015 at 7:41 PM ET

Williams CollegeWilliamstown, MA — Williams knows that the competition in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) is getting stronger every year. That doesn’t mean that the Ephs are willing to give up their spot in the rankings. According to co-captain and sole senior returning from last season’s starting nine, Nicole Feshbach, “Our team goals are to be competitive in the B Division where we hope to maintain or improve upon our ranking in an increasingly talented pool of teams. In addition, we wish to reach the finals of NESCACs again.” Williams is a young squad that should improve this season. Last year, the Ephs’ top 2 players were first-year students. With a year under their belts, the entire squad will be ready to face all challengers, such as Bates, Brown, Dartmouth, Drexel, and Middlebury. As they seek their seventeenth consecutive Little Three Championships, look for the Ephs to be in contention for the top half of the Kurtz Cup.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-10

Final Ranking: 12

Team Championships: 4th in the Kurtz Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2… Top 3 Win %: 0.4933… Middle 3 Win %: 0.527… Lower 3 Win %: 0.6267

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Zafi Levy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nicole Friedman (2018 – First Team All-NESCAC); 2. Hayley Parson (2018 – First Team All-NESCAC); 4. Nicole Feshbach (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 6. Ellen Coombe (2017 – NESCAC All-Academic; DIII Individual Finalist – B Draw); 7. Charlotte Walsh (2017); 8. Alyssa Ritchie (2017); 9. Ananya Mahalingam-Dhingra (2018 – DIII Individual Champion – B Draw); 10. Caroline Hogan (2018); 11. Lily Grant (2016 – NESCAC All- Academic)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 3. Ellie O’Neill (2015 – Second Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC All-Academic); 5. Caroline Sawin (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Esther Baek (The Lawrenceville School)

Captains: Nicole Feshbach and Lily Grant

Team Goals: To move up in the Kurtz Cup

Key Matches: Bates, Brown, Dartmouth, Drexel, and Middlebury

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