Athletics

Lord Jeffs Look to Rebuild in 2008-09

2007-08 RECAP
The 2007-08 season was one full of ups and downs for the Amherst women’s squash team, which finished on a high note.

Dalglish zoomed

Sophomore Alexandra Dalglish returns to the top
of the ladder for Amherst this season.

The Lord Jeffs started the season on fire, and quickly jumped out a 4-2 start heading into the CSA Five Women Challenge at Williams. The following weekend, Amherst split a pair of matches at the Yale Invitational to improve to 5-3, before dropping five consecutive 9-0 results. The team dropped to 8-12 midway through the NESCAC Tournament on February 2, but responded to avenge an early season loss with a 5-4 win over Tufts. The Jeffs finished the season winning four of their final six matches to close the season at 12-14.

KEY RETURNEES

While Amherst struggled through the middle of the season, the team has seen the breakout of a handful of young, talented players. The Lord Jeffs return just six players from last season’s roster, including senior captain Melissa Moulton. After arriving at Amherst as a standout tennis player, Moulton has taken up squash and quickly made an impact on the team. Pairing with junior Hannah Merves as the only two upperclassmen on this season’s roster, Moulton will be looked to for leadership on and off the court.

Amherst returns four sophomores from last year’s team, including a trio of players from the top of the ladder. Second-year players Alexandra Dalglish, Hayley Milbourn and Caitlin Demkin return to headline this season’s ranks, as does a much improved Mimi Bell. Dalglish consistently played as Amherst’s No. 1 last season, while Milbourn and Demkin should play two and three this year. Bell joins Moulton as a tennis convert who has made huge strides during the off-season.

NEWCOMERS
Head coach Tom Carmean enters his fourth season as the Amherst coach with five newcomers to the team, comprised of four first-years and sophomore Veronica Roca. Rookies Anna Scheidt and Kate Savage should land in the top half of the line-up early on, while classmates Caroline Dreyspool and Megan Clower will also compete for spots in the ladder.

SEASON OUTLOOK
Amherst finished last season ranked 19th in the nation by the CSA, and will have immediate opportunities to climb the tables. After starting the season with 21st ranked Northeastern and fourth-ranked Trinity, Amherst will have a crack at the 16th and 17th ranked Tufts and Vassar teams. If Amherst can defeat those squads, the team should see itself climb before this season’s first poll is released.