The 2016-17 Amherst College women's squash team returns nine players from its 2015-16 squad which advanced to its third-straight CSA Walker Cup (C Division) championship a year ago and finished the campaign with an 11-6 overall record.
Led by seventh-year head coach Peter Robson, Amherst, ranked 17th in the latest CSA Coaches Poll, returns three seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores to the court, and welcomes in four newcomers who will look to make an immediate impact this season. Robson guided the Purple & White to 8-1 wins over Tufts and Colby in the first two rounds of the 2016 CSA Team Championships, but Amherst was edged by Bates, 5-4 in a thrilling Walker Cup final. Amherst had previously won the Walker Cup title in 2014 and 2015, as well as in 2009.
The Purple & White get underway Dec. 7 at Smith in its season opener – the team's only contest during the fall semester. Amherst returns to action Jan. 9 when it hosts No. 6 Yale in its home opener at the Davenport Squash Courts, before welcoming No. 15 Middlebury to the Pioneer Valley Jan. 11. The Purple & White then host the Pioneer Valley Invitational (Jan. 20-22) taking on No. 11 Brown on Friday; No. 21 Hamilton and No. 14 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday; and No. 16 Bates and No. 19 Colby on Sunday. Amherst closes out the month when it hosts No. 24 Wesleyan and No. 12 Williams in the Little III Championship (Jan. 28).
Amherst then competes at the three-day NESCAC Championships (Feb. 3-5) before traveling to No. 28 Mount Holyoke (Feb. 8). A Feb. 10 matchup with No. 20 St. Lawrence completes the regular season. The team then travels to Princeton for the CSA Team Championships (Feb. 24-26), with the CSA Individual Championships slated for March 3-5.
MEET THE TEAM
Amherst's senior class is comprised of co-captain Izzy Derber, Caitlin Merrell, and Tiana Palmer-Poroner. Derber saw action in six matches from the No. 10 position in 2015-16 and posted a 3-3 record. She and her classmates will look to continue to provide depth and leadership for the Purple & White this year.
They are flanked by a group of talented juniors including Second Team All-NESCAC honoree Kimberly Krayacich who notched a 4-9 record from the No. 1 position, and a 2-1 mark in the second slot during the 2015-16 season. Classmate and co-captain Mae Cromwell turned in an outstanding campaign a year ago, securing a 4-1 record from the No. 8 position, and a 6-2 mark in the ninth position, while Haley McAtee '18 was 7-8 from the third position.
Rachael Ang '19 returns to the court following a stellar rookie season that saw the Singapore native earn a 7-5 record from the No. 2 spot, and a 2-2 mark in the first position en route to First Team All-NESCAC honors. Priya Sinha '19 added an 8-5 mark from the No. 5 position and a 3-0 mark at the No. 6 position, while Emma Crowe '19 finished 2-0 in the ninth slot.
This skilled corps of underclassmen figures to factor in once again for Robson, who now has an impressive, 78-48 overall record at the helm of the women's program.
Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Women's Squash for the 2016-17 year? Become a first-time member of or renew your membership in the FAA and support Coach Robson and the women's squash program. Make a gift ahead of the team's first match at Smith on Dec. 7. Go Amherst!