By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2016 at 8:09 PM ET

Cornell University Ithaca, NY — With the graduation of a sole player from last year’s starting line-up at the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships, Cornell appears poised to maintain their position in the Howe Cup. There is one substantial change to the Big Red program. After twelve seasons with Cornell, head coach Julee Devoy has left the program. The new coach will have big shoes to fill. Devoy made the Big Red a consistent top-8 performer during her tenure. With a plethora of teams, including Columbia, Dartmouth, Drexel, Brown, and Williams, attempting to move into the Howe Cup this season, the Big Red will need to stay sharp. Leading the team will be co-captains Sydney Francis and Rachel Scherman. The experienced ladder and the addition of three talented first-year students should assist Cornell as it enters the season under a new coach. Look for the Big Red to be in the lower half of the Howe Cup this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-9

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win%: .491… Middle 3 Win%: .491… Lower 3 Win%: .579…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Michele Garceau (2018); 2. Rachel Scherman (2017); 3. Margaux Losty (2018); 4. Emma Uible (2018); 5. Charlotte Knaggs (2018); 6. Nghi Nguyen (2019); 8. Lauren Leizman (2019); 9. Hannah Scherl (2019); 11. Sydney Francis (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 7. Reut Odinak (2016 – Academic All-Ivy; CSA Scholar Athlete); 10. Olivia Wherry (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Colby Gallagher (Episcopal Academy)
  • Lucy Martin (Parker Collegiate Institute)
  • Madison Miles (Covenant of the Sacred Heart)

Captains: Sydney Francis and Rachel Scherman

Team Goals: To retain position in the Howe Cup

Key Matches: Matches against top-15 teams

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