By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 7:54 PM ET

Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA — Last season, Mount Holyoke captured the Epps Cup (D Division) consolation crown at the Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships.  This season, the team wants to improve upon that finish. Head coach Erin Robson recognizes that the Lyons need to “play more consistently in our big matches.” Mount Holyoke fell to Wellesley in the Seven Sisters tournament. This season, the Lyons would like to regain the Seven Sisters title, which they last won in the 2012 – 2013 season. The team will face a number of familiar opponents this year, including Vassar, Conn College, and Wellesley. The team will also be visiting Dickinson for the first time. Captaining the squad will be Allison Shilling. According to Robson, who now sits third on Mount Holyoke’s all-time squash coaching victories list, Shilling “has demonstrated tremendous leadership to the team as she served as the squash team’s SAAC representative for three years.” Mount Holyoke hopes to return to their winning ways this season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-16

Final Ranking: 29

Team Championships: 5th in the Epps Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .361… Middle 3 Win%: .431… Lower 3 Win%: .396…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Erin Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Brandy Williamson (2018); 2. Allison Shilling (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Ragini Ghose (2019); 5. Emily Chang (2018); 6. Lessly Portillo (2019); 8. Rose Minichiello (2017); 9. Tanishka Sachidanand (2019); 10. Kirina Gair-MacMichael (2018); 11. Syry Mitchell (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Catherine Ryan (2016 – Seven Sisters All-Tournament Team); 7. Annie Wong (2016, CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Other addition: Amanda Lee (2017, returning from study abroad)

Captain: Allison Shilling

Team Goals: To play more consistently in big matches

Key Matches: Vassar, Conn College, Wellesley, and Dickinson

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