By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 27, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 12, 2016 at 9:38 PM ET

Bates College Lewiston, ME — Entering the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, Bates was the 3rd seed in the Walker Cup. The Bobcats made it to the finals and posted a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over NESCAC rival Amherst to hoist the Walker Cup. With the graduation of one senior, the Bobcats’ line-up appears deep this season. After all, they are expecting first-year players to enter each third of their ladder. This added strength should help propel Bates into back into the Kurtz Cup. The squad will be led by senior co-captains Emma Dunn and Charlotte Cabot. In September, Bates will hold its annual hike and team barbecue. Head coach Pat Cosquer is excited about new technology at the Bates squash facility. “We installed a new video analysis system which compliments our scoreboards and live match results displays and will allow us to display, watch, record, playback and record everything that happens on each of our courts with audio,” explains Cosquer. Look for the Bobcats to return to the Kurtz Cup this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-10

Final Ranking: 17

Team Championships: 1st in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3… Top 3 Win%: .545… Middle 3 Win%: .545… Lower 3 Win%: .432…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer ’97

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Kristyna Alexova (2019 – NESCAC First-Team; NESCAC Rookie of the Year); 2. Victoria Arjoon (2019 – NESCAC Second-Team); 3. Katie Bull (2019); 4. Emma Dunn (2017 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 6. Charlotte Cabot (2017 – NESCAC All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 7. Hannah Conner (2018); 8. Molly Brooks (2019); 9. Blair Weintraub (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Cata Robert (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 5. Lauren Williams (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Luca Polgar (Hotchkiss School, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Eliza Dunham (Taft School, New Haven, CT)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Nubia Beasley-Bartee (Lake Forest Academy, Chicago, IL)

Captains: Emma Dunn and Charlotte Cabot

Team Goals: To finish in the top-16

Key Matches: NESCAC matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.