With a senior-dominated squad, a hard-working Wesleyan women's squash team posted its seventh consecutive winning ledger with a 13-11 record during 1998-99. At the annual Howe Cup competition, deemed the national team championships, Wesleyan played in the second flight of eight teams. There the team defeated Hamilton in an exciting 5-4 match, the second time during the year the Cardinals upended the Continentals by a 5-4 count after losing the first time the teams met, 7-2. Finishing fourth in the Howe Cup Division II, Wesleyan concluded the year with a final national ranking of 12th.
Another highlight for the Cardinals was their 4-0 mark at the Smith/Mount Holyoke Invitational, which opened with a fine 6-3 conquering of host Smith.
With six seniors playing regularly among the top nine positions, Wesleyan also got strong play from two frosh, Jessie Bohl '02, who split time between no. 2 and no. 3 and posted an 11-11 record, and Tarsah Dale '02, whose 16-6 overal record was second-best on the team as she spent a majority of her time at the no. 7 slot. During the fall, Dale inaugurated her Wesleyan sports career with a New England Division III title at the no. 3 singles spot for the women's tennis team.
Wesleyan best record in squash came from Farrah Darbouze '99, who fashioned a 19-5 individual mark, including a 12-2 record at no. 8.
In total, 14 individuals played at least one match for the team in 1998-99. Number 1 player Mia Lipman '99, no. 4 player Pao Lin Tien '99 and no. 9 performer Becca Zeitlin '99 all received scholar-athlete recognition from the National Women's Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association as their GPAs more than met the minimum requirement of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.