By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM ET

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD — Johns Hopkins is looking to rebuild this season. The Blue Jays graduated seven players, including five players from the starting line-up from the 2016 Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. According to co-captain Carley Petrone, “With 7 graduating seniors, this is a rebuilding year for our team. We hope to focus on technique and improving skills in order to develop match play. With a few returning players at the top of the ladder, they hope to work on advancing match strategy as well as overall rally improvement.” The team is focusing on matches with Haverford and Georgetown as a barometer of their improvement this season. The true focus of this season will be laying the ground work for the future. Adds Petrone, “Since we have many new players with a variety of skill levels, this season will be about learning, bonding and improving match play ability.”

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-7

Final Ranking: 35

Team Championships: 3rd in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .611… Middle 3 Win%: .333… Lower 3 Win%: .250…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Susan Lawrence

Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Carley Petrone (2018); 5. Courtney Colwell (2018); 7. Dayna Gillette (2017); 8. Sarah Westley (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Gabrielle Nyirjesy (2016); 2. Keely Herring (2016); 4. Caroline Plapinger (2016); 6. Niki Entin (2016); 9. Olga Baranoff (2016); 10. Candice Shangguan (2016); 11. Clarissa Alfes (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Meena Chatrathi
  • Other addition: Jane Nester

Captains: Carley Petrone and Courtney Colwell

Team Goals: Overall improvement

Key Matches: Georgetown and Haverford

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