2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK
Last year's Epps Cup (D Division) champions, the Wesleyan University women's squash team is focused on returning to the Walker Cup (C Division) of the College Squash National Team Championships this year as its 2016-17 campaign begins Saturday, Nov. 19 with two away matches at Hamilton – Hamilton (2 p.m.), Mount Holyoke (3:30 p.m.). Wesleyan finished 25th in the final standings a year ago, and rank No. 24 in the Dunlop Preseason Team Rankings.
The Cardinals must replace four seniors from last year's team, but return First Team All-American Laila Samy '18, who has excelled in her first two seasons with the program. Head Coach Shona Kerr enters her 12th year at Wesleyan, and looks to guide a young but talented roster that features two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and four freshman.
MEET THE TEAM
- Samy looks to anchor the Wesleyan lineup once again this winter, while senior co-captains Annie Ferreira and Abigail Smith expect to provide veteran leadership.
- Samy, a junior from Cairo, Egypt, has excelled thus far for the Cardinals and earned All-America honors last season after reaching the semifinals of the Ramsay Cup (A Division) at the College Squash Individual Championships. She upset Harvard's No. 1 player, also the No. 2 seed in the bracket, as well as the No. 7 seed from Princeton. The 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year finished the season with a 19-1 record, and captured her second First Team All-NESCAC honor.
- Joining her in the top of the lineup figure to be Smith and junior Tatum Leclair, while Ali Imperiale '19, Ferreira and Ale Lampietti '19 will look to make significant contributions as the team eyes a trip to the C Division. Ferreira was named a CSA Scholar Athlete and NESCAC All-Academic selection a year ago.
- Kerr also welcomes four freshman; Sherly Francois, Sofia Melian-Morse, Nina Premutico and Josie Russ, to this year's squad.
HEAD COACH SHONA KERR
"We are going to work hard to make the C Division and be competitive.
"This year's team is bright eyed and eager to train together. It is a highly engaged and supportive group that can achieve their goals."