By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 1, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 11, 2015 at 7:52 PM ET

Virginia, University ofCharlottesville, VA — Virginia is a young squad. In fact, there is not a senior on the team this season. The Cavaliers would like to shake up the college squash world and conclude the season ranked in the top 16. Jumping seven spots may be a challenge, but Virginia is putting together a schedule to accomplish this goal. During the regular season last year, the Cavaliers played many squads behind them in the rankings and two matches against teams that finished significantly ahead of them. To rectify this and showcase their talent, Virginia has overhauled their schedule this season. The team is planning trips to Massachusetts and Maine to play new regular season opponents. According to assistant coach Grant White, “All of our matches will be important but we certainly look forward to competing against traditional powers from the NESCAC. Beating several of these teams will be crucial to achieving our season’s goal of a top 16 finish.” Look for Virginia to be competing for a top spot in the Walker Cup (C Division) this season.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-4

Final Ranking: 23

Team Championships: 7th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.7083… Middle 3 Win %: 0.7917… Lower 3 Win %: 0.7143

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Mark Allen

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Carey Danforth (2018); 3. Lindsay Bralower (2017); 4. Isabel Stack (2018); 5. Amanda Whelan (2018); 6. Carolyn Grenier (2017); 7. Sarah Walker (2016); 8. Charlotte Searle (2017); 9. Kate McDonough (2018); 10. Grey Sylvester (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 2. Celia Dyer (2015 – CSA Academic Recognition); 11. Annaliesa Routh (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Annie Tyson (Germantown Friends), Madeleine Mayhew (Philips Andover Academy), and Molly Prockop (Groton School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Bella Jones (Taft School)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Candace Craig (Charlotte Country Day)

Captains: Lindsay Bralower, Carolyn Grenier, and Charlotte Searle

Team Goals: Top 16 ranking position

Key Matches: All matches

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