By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 29, 2016 at 10:10 AM ET

Minnesota, University of Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota continues to have large expectations for their program. The Gophers concluded lsat season by finishing 10th in the E Division at the Women’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. According to coach John Stevers, “The Gopher women’s team will continue in rebuilding mode this season after losing our #2 and #4 players to graduation and the #8 player to injury. The returning players will be stronger with top flight coaching so the prognosis is good. Unfortunately, reduced funding from our Rec Sports department will mean fewer trips this year, but we will still qualify for nationals. And we will build on some budding rivalries such as Smith College and NYU with whom we had several close matches last season. Another key match up will be Cal Berkeley, who will meet up with us at a Smith College RR.” Minnesota needs competitive regular season matches so they may be seeded appropriately for Team Championships.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 3-10

Final Ranking: 42

Team Championships: 10th in the E Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 3… Top 3 Win%: .231… Middle 3 Win%: .436… Lower 3 Win%: .308…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: John Stever

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Courtney Pietras (2017);  3. Meghan Chau (2017); 5. Jessica Axt (2017); 6. Alexi Glenn (2017); 7. Madeline Strand (2019); 8. Holly St.Clair (2019); 9. Elizabeth Vo (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships:  2. Lena Zagar (2016);  4. Abhi Rangaswami (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Mary (Molly) Price (2017)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Michelle Caputi (2019); Ashley Miszewsk (2018); Yujie Hou (2018)

Captains: Courtney Pietras and Hollie St. Clair

Team Goals: Increased focus on skill development

Key Matches: Northwestern, Cal Berkeley, Smith College, and NYU

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