LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's squash team will open the 2018-19 season at home this weekend by hosting the Pennsylvania Cup, a four-team tournament that will also feature Penn., Dickinson, and Drexel. Action begins on Saturday against No. 6 Penn. at 1:00 p.m. in Mayser.
To watch a season preview video, featuring eighth-year head coach Gavin Jones, click here.
Now in its second season, the PA Cup highlights varsity squash program's from the state of Pennsylvania. This year's four-team tournament is being co-hosted by F&M and Lancaster Country Day School. Dickinson will face Drexel at LCDS on Saturday a 1:00 p.m., while either the finals or consolation match will also take place at their courts on Sunday at noon. Whichever match F&M is competing in will occur in Mayser on Sunday at noon.
Every court of F&M's matches will be streamed at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
F&M enters the 2018-19 season in the No. 21 spot in the College Squash Association (CSA) preseason team rankings. The poll of varsity coaches features Harvard at No. 1, followed by Trinity (No. 2), and Princeton (No. 3).
To view the complete rankings, click here.
The Diplomats return six members from their lineup at last year's CSA Team Championships, with a total of nine returners being welcomed back into the fold. F&M will need to make up for the loss of its top three players, including No. 1 Sherilyn Yang who recorded 39 career wins.
Aiding in the makeup of that production will be a five-member class of first years that will be looked upon to provide major contributions on the ladder.
Co-captains Epstein and Verry will be tasked with providing leadership to F&M's young lineup. Verry won nine matches a year ago, including a 7-3 mark at No. 4. Galambos won five matches at No. 5, while Grace Smith won four of her final five matches in 2017-18 at the No. 6 spot.
Cutting-Edge Broadcast System
The Mayser Center Squash Courts received a complete renovation of its video broadcast equipment, with an upgrade to high-definition cameras on each court and the ability to simultaneously stream every game of every home match.
The cutting-edge system will revolutionize broadcast of home F&M squash matches. Each individual court can now 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 signup for a free account and follow live results by searching for Franklin & Marshall under the live scores dropdown.
The Road Ahead
Following the PA Cup, the Diplomats remain in Lancaster to battle Bates at 11:00 AM on Sunday, Nov. 18. Six out of F&M's eight matches in January will also take place at home, while the Diplomats are set to travel to Charlottesville, Va. from Feb. 2-3 for the Mid-Atlantic Championships.
The women's CSA Team Championship will be hosted by Trinity and is set for Feb. 22-24. Providence, R.I. will be the site of the CSA Individual Championships for both the men's and women's squads and will take place from March 1-3.
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