Four Talented Newcomers to Blend with Returning Starters to Give Reason for Optimism for 2010-11
With a balanced mixture of returnees and first-year players, women's squash should maintain its level of play from a year ago when the team forged a 15-14 record and achieved a final national ranking of 19th following the Howe Cup competition. The 2010-11 season gets underway Sat., Nov. 20 with a pair of matches in Boston against Northeastern and Bates. Wesleyan is ranked 17th in the preseason CSA national poll while Bates is 12th and Northeastern is 28th.
Returning from the capable team of 2009-10 are starters Grace Zimmerman '13 (#2), Tanesha Jackson '13 (#3), Danielle Craig '13 (#4) and co-captain Jenny Chu '11 (#6, photo left side). In addition, team co-captain Meherazade Sumariwalla '12 (photo right side) played in half the team's matches a year ago as did Ashley Garrett '12, who is abroad during the first semester but could return to the squad in January. Kerry Klemmer '13 also returns.
Newcomers who will add significantly to the Cardinals' fortunes in 2010-11 include two number-one prep players from Connecticut, Mary Foster from Choate Rosemary Hall and Diana Edwards from Loomis Chaffee School. Edwards is also a City Squash grad. These two will be battling for the top spot with the other likely contending for the #2 slot with Zimmerman. Nell Schwed '14, a club player from New York, and Kar-Anne Tan, a native of Malaysia, should factor into the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. Two other freshmen, Rosa Hayes '14 and Jessica Titlebaum '14, round out the squad.
Last year, Wesleyan won its first-round NESCAC match and finished in the top-eight of the conference rankings for the first time. Wesleyan is ranked seventh among its NESCAC rivals in the preseason.