LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's squash team enters the 2017-18 season looking to build on a strong 2-1 performance at last year's CSA Team Championships by welcoming back seven returners, including an All-American candidate.
The Diplomats' season opens at home on Sunday when F&M welcomes Virginia to Mayser for a 12:30 p.m. matchup.
To watch a season preview video featuring seventh-year head coach Gavin Jones, click here.
The Diplomats enter the year with one of the youngest teams in recent memory for the program, featuring just three upperclassmen and one senior. A total of seven returners are back in the mix, including five regulars from the lineup.
A four-member freshman class is welcomed into the fold, bringing into the program a combination of talent and athleticism that is expected to add depth and competition to the top-nine spots on the ladder.
Yang is vying to become F&M's first All-American since 2002 after producing a 12-5 record at the No. 2 position in the order, including a three-match winning streak to end her junior season. Verry joins Yang as a co-captain for the program. She went 8-6 at the No. 4 spot and won all three of her contests at the CSA Team Championships.
Galambos saw significant playing time in the No. 5 position on the ladder, totaling a 7-7 record while Clare Tompkins won five matches at No. 7. Melissa Epstein went 6-8 at No. 8 while Liana Zranchev won four contests at No. 9.
F&M enters the 2017-18 season in the No. 18 spot in the Dunlop Women's College Squash Association preseason team rankings. The poll of varsity coaches features Harvard at No. 1, followed by Penn. (No. 2), and Trinity (No. 3).
The Road Ahead
Following their opening weekend of competition, the Diplomats head to the inaugural Pennsylvania Cup, which is set to take place in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 11, and begins with a match against No. 2 Penn. at 11:00 a.m.
Key matchups include a home contest against No. 4 Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 18, as well as a match in Mayser against No. 6 Yale on Dec. 2. The regular season concludes on the road against No. 23 Dickinson on Saturday, Feb. 10 while the CSA Team Championships, which will be hosted by Harvard, are scheduled to take place on Feb. 16-18.
George Washington will be the site of the CSA Individual Championships for both the men's and women's squads and will run from March 2-4.
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