Franklin & Marshall's women's squash team faced one of the nation's most-daunting schedules in 2016-17, squaring off against eight teams ranked in the top 10 of the country. The Diplomats competed at a high level throughout and finished their season with a 7-13 overall record and a No. 18 ranking.
The regular season saw its share of memorable wins, highlighted by a 9-0 upset of No. 10 Drexel in the first match of the year. F&M played its best stretch of squash from Jan. 14-22 when the Diplomats won four of six matches, including a narrow 5-4 victory against No. 17 Amherst on Jan. 21 that marked F&M's first win against Amherst since 2000.
Following the regular season, the Diplomats landed in the Walker Cup (C Division) of the CSA Team Championships for the annual matchup of the nation's No. 17-24 teams. The Diplomats dominated the opening two days of action, rolling to an 8-1 win against Wesleyan in the opening round and a 9-0 blanking of No. 21 Tufts in the Semifinals. A rematch with No. 18 Amherst set the stage for the Championship match where despite a sweep of the No. 1-4 positions on the ladder, F&M came up short by a 5-4 score.
Fiona Murphy '17 went 10-6 from the No. 1 spot in the lineup and wrapped up her impressive career with a 30-16 mark, good for the eighth-highest career win percentage in program history (.652). Sherilyn Yang '18 joined Murphy to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the order after producing a 12-6 record playing primarily at the No. 2 position.