By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 21, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 10:19 PM ET

Hamilton College Clinton, NY — With five players graduating or studying abroad this season, Hamilton only has five players from the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships returning this season. According to head coach Jamie King, “The team is better than the sum of its parts. We should be one of the top teams in the Walker Division and have the potential to move up to the Kurtz.” Last year’s #4, Lillie Simourian, is the top returning player this season. She is the president of Hamilton’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and she leads a number of community service offerings. As an athletic program leader, she has helped improve student attendance at home events. One of the highlights of last season was watching the Tournament of Champions with teammates, alumni, and Hamilton’s new president. Junior Rafi Ouro-Aguy, who is studying abroad this season, even got a selfie with professional Laura Massaro. King states that the Continentals provide an “unbelievable team experience of people who genuinely care about each other.”

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-11

Final Ranking: 21

Team Championships: 5th in the Walker Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win%: .391… Middle 3 Win%: .580… Lower 3 Win%: .652…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jamie King

Returning Players from Team Championships:  4. Lillie Simourian (2017 – NESCAC All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 5. Grace Munschauer (2018); 6. Megan Grip (2019); 7. Charlotte Zonis (2019); 8. Katherine Bauer (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic); 10. Perry Von Stade (2017); 11. Natalie Burkardt (2018 – NESCAC All-Academic);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Rachel Newman (2016 – NESCAC First-Team; NESCAC All-Academic); 2. Lindsay Arader (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Rafiatou Ouro-Aguy (2018); 9. Marina Hartnick (2018);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Elizabeth Lee (Pingry School)

Team Goals: To compete for the Walker Cup

Key Matches: Bowdoin, St. Lawrence, and Amherst

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