By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 8:19 PM ET

Stanford University Palo Alto, CA — Stanford put an exclamation point on the month of November last season by upsetting Trinity, 5-4. The Cardinal team lost 4-5 to Yale to finish as the Howe Cup consolation runner up at the Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships and concluded the season ranked 6th in the nation. As recognition for their improvement last season, Stanford was given the Most Improved Team Award. According to head coach Mark Talbott, the team’s goal is “to improve on last year’s ranking and try to crack the top 5.” That appears to be a real possibility. Stanford, famous for flying to the east coast constantly throughout the season, will have a number of home matches this year. “We have home matches scheduled this year with Harvard, Yale, and Penn. These are the strongest opponents we have ever hosted at Stanford,” explains Talbott. CC Ho will serve as one of the Cardinal tri-captains. “What makes CC special is her compassion and demeanor. She is kind, gentle, and sensitive to her teammates. She is admired and respected by all those that come in contact with her on and off court. She is a true sportsperson in every sense of the word and a coach’s dream to help bring a team together, ” states Talbott. With a strong recruiting class, Stanford could finish the season in the top half of the Howe Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 12-6

Final Ranking: 6

Team Championships: 6th in the Howe Cup (A Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .537… Middle 3 Win%: .722… Lower 3 Win%: .694…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Talbott (WCSA Most Improved Team Award)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Zandra Ho (2017); 3. Sarah Bell (2018); 4. Tara Shannon (2019); 5. Lucy Rowe (2019); 6. Christina Huchro (2018); 7. Taty Dadabbo (2018); 8. Greyson Melby (2019); 9. Anna Marie Manning (2019); 10. Bailey Bondy (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Maddy Gill (2016); 11. Sarah Haig (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Chloe Chemtob and Casey Wong
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Julia Gillette

Captains: CC Ho, Bailey Bondy, and Julia Olson

Team Goals: To move into the top 5

Key Matches: All matches

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