LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's squash program begins their 2019-20 campaign on the road Friday, taking on Richmond in a match hosted by the University of Virginia.
To watch a season preview video featuring head coach Gavin Jones, click here.
The Diplomats open action with three matches in two days, all on the campus of UVA. Following the opener against Richmond, F&M battles host Virginia on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and follow with a contest against North Carolina at 3:00 p.m.
F&M has never faced Richmond or North Carolina and is looking to break a four-match winless streak in the seventh all-time meeting with Virginia that dates back to 2015-16.
The College Squash Association (CSA) rankings have yet to be released. The Diplomats finished last season as the nation's No. 20 team after accumulating a 7-13 mark. Rankings will be available throughout the season and can be found here.
Seven of the nine ladder spots that took part in last year's CSA Team Championships are welcomed back in the mix and highlight a deep group of returners for the Diplomats. Joining the group is a trio of motivated first-years that are expected to compete for lineup spots.
Players to Watch
Knapp and Bevan are set to co-captain the team as the program's lone seniors for the 2019-20 campaign. Emily Knapp enjoyed a successful first year on campus after tallying six victories at No. 2 and representing F&M at the CSA Individual Championships in early March.
Bartos went 11-9 last year between the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, while Galambos was 11-8 at No.'s 3-4.
Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference
The newly-formed Middle Atlantic Squash Conference (MASC) was officially sanctioned by the College Squash Association Board of Directors on a provisional basis for the 2019-20 season. It is the first organization of its kind for college squash.
The Diplomats are joined in the conference by Dickinson, Drexel, George Washington, and Virginia.
After a successful inaugural championship that was held at the MacArthur Squash Center at the University of Virginia, the 2020 championship will be held in Washington, D.C. at Squash on Fire and George Washington University from February 7-9, 2020.
Updates to Coaching Staff
Ron Koenig joined F&M's staff as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. Koenig brings a wealth of experience with him to Lancaster, having coached in the Philadelphia area for the previous 15 years.
He replaces long-time associate coach Ron Epps, who announced his retirement prior to the start of the season. Epps was a mainstay of F&M squash for more than 30 years and served as the women's head coach from 2002-08.
For the second year, F&M squash fans will be able to stream every Mayser Center Squash Court for every home match in high-definition.
Each individual court can be streamed independently with its own high-definition video and audio feed at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
Viewers at home also have the ability to follow along with who is competing by tracking live results of home matches through Club Locker. Fans can sign up for a free account and follow live results by searching for Franklin & Marshall under the live scores dropdown.
The Road Ahead
The Diplomats' first contest in Mayser is set for Saturday, Nov. 23rd against Tufts. The newly-formed Middle Atlantic Squash Conference is hosting its Championship on Feb. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.
CSA Team Championships is set for Feb. 21-23 in New Haven, Conn. Philadelphia is the site of the CSA Individual Championships for both the men's and women's squads and takes place from March 6-8.
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