By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM ET

Dickinson College Carlisle, PA — It is hard to believe that this will only be Dickinson’s third season. After all, they captured the E Division at the 2014 – 2015 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, and last season, they were finalists in the Epps Cup (D Division). Last season’s success was hampered by players studying abroad and injuries. According to head coach Chris Sachvie, the “team lost a few key players in the second semester of last season, with Patricia Francis-Hall and Merritt Davis studying abroad and Domenica Romo sidelined with an injury. Returning these players and adding two first-years will give our team more depth throughout our entire lineup.” The Red Devils know that the only way to move up the rankings is by scheduling teams close in to them. “We will have eight key matches this season against teams who finished within 5 or 6 spots above and below us,” explains Sachvie. Last season, Dickinson split its two 5-4 matches. With the experience gained over the past two seasons, the Red Devils are looking forward to capitalizing and winning their close matches to move up the rankings.  If the Red Devils can avoid the injury bug, watch for Dickinson to be in the hunt for a position in the middle of the Walker Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 11-8

Final Ranking: 26

Team Championships: 2nd in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .579… Middle 3 Win%: .526… Lower 3 Win%: .579…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Christopher Sachvie

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Hedvika Suchankova (2019); 2. Nicole Deluca (2019); 3. Stuart Lemay (2018); 4. Alanis Perez (2019); 5. Sarah Clothier (2019); 6. Meagan Dashcund (2018); 7. Sarah Murphy (2019); 8. Abbie Wingerd (2019); 9. Freddie Bancroft (2018); 10. Meghan Shippe (2018); 11. Katie Marra (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: None

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Domenica Romo (2019)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Patricia Francis-Hall (2017) and  Jaime-Leigh Edghill (2020, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Merritt Davis (2017) and Kathleen Quinlan (2020, Ethel Walker School, CT)

Team Goals: To win the close matches and see how high we can reach this season.

Key Matches: Bowdoin, Colby, Tufts, Wellesley, Wesleyan, William Smith, Conn College, and Mount Holyoke

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