Franklin & Marshall women's squash made noticeable strides throughout 2018-19 and finished the year ranked as the nation's No. 20-ranked team after compiling a 7-13 overall record and winning a match at the CSA Team Championships in late February.
Competing in the Walker Cup (C Division), an annual matchup of the nation's No. 17-24 teams, for the third consecutive year, the Diplomats opened play at the Team Championships on a tear with a convincing 6-3 win over No. 21 Mount Holyoke. F&M fell just short of the bracket's Championship match with a hard-fought 7-2 loss against No. 17 Tufts, before seeing their Tournament draw to a close with a 7-2 loss against No. 18 Dickinson the following day.
The regular season was once again stacked with many of the nation's top programs. F&M enjoyed its most successful stretch from Dec. 1 - Jan. 25th when the Diplomats won four out of five matches - culminating with a 9-0 sweep of No. 23 Colby at home.
Senior Ellen Verry '19 led the Diplomats with seven wins at the No. 1 spot on the ladder, while first-year Emily Knapp '22 tallied six victories at No. 2 and represented F&M at the CSA Individual Championships in early March.
In the classroom, the Diplomats were also well-represented with Melissa Epstein '19 and Julia Bevan '20 both earning the CSA Scholar-Athlete Award, which is reserved for juniors or seniors who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and played a top-10 ladder position for the majority of their team's matches.