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Overview

Rachel Newman '16 and two-time NESCAC all-conference team member Hilary Gray '15 lead the Hamilton College women's squash team into 2014-15. Six of the top seven players return from a season ago when the Continentals went 13-7, including 7-4 against NESCAC opponents. Gray and Newman competed at the 2014 College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships. Gray, Elizabeth Morris '15 and Isabelle Weisman '15 are the seniors on the roster.

Wins against Middlebury College and Franklin & Marshall College were highlights from 2013-14. Newman led the team with 16 victories, including 12 at the second position. For the first time in the eight-year history of the event, Hamilton hosted the NESCAC Women's Squash Championship. The Continentals tied their best finish at the championship by placing fifth. The team competed for the Kurtz Cup at the CSA team championships and ended up at No. 16 in the final national rankings. Gray was placed on the all-NESCAC second team and joined recent grad Amanda Thorman '13 as two-time honorees. Jamie King was voted NESCAC coach of the year for the second time in four years. The women have endured just one losing record in the past 10 seasons.

Hamilton plays its home matches inside the Little Squash Center. The $6.1 million on-campus squash facility was completed in October 2006. The center features 10 regulation-size courts, including two with exhibition-style seating, and two team locker rooms. The Continentals are scheduled to host Williams College and Tufts University on Nov. 22, Colgate University on Dec. 3 and St. Lawrence University and Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 31.

The Continentals participate in the NESCAC championship for the ninth straight year as Williams is the host in 2015. Kelly Whipple '10 was a three-time all-conference selection from 2008 to 2010 and King was named the 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year. The team travels to Harvard University for the 2015 team championships and a couple players go to Princeton University for the CSA individual championships. Wesleyan University is set to host a Division III individual tournament in early December.

The Continentals often travel during winter break for training trips so the players can go to places they have never seen before. The team has been to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., twice recently. A January 2010 training trip took the team to Washington, D.C., for six days. In 2007, the women traveled to Bermuda for a seven-day training trip. The players worked with Shaun Moxham and his wife, Katline Cauwels. Moxham coaches David Palmer, who has been the world's top-ranked player.

Gray and Thorman were NESCAC all-conference selections along with Alyssa Bawden '12 in 2012. The Continentals recorded their best finish at the NESCAC championship in 2012 when they ended up in fifth place with a 2-1 record. The women competed for the Kurtz Cup at the CSA team championships and ended up 16th in the final national rankings.

The Continentals finished 13-10 in 2010-11 and advanced to the finals of the Walker Cup draw at the CSA team championships. The women's program and King received the Chaffee Award for the first time during the 2011 CSA event at Princeton University. The award is given annually to a coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, character and improvement. In 1987, the Williams women's squash team donated this award in honor of their former coach, Clarence C. Chaffee. Chaffee began Williams' squash program in 1938, coached the school's first intercollegiate team in 1939 and led the program until his retirement in 1970.

In 2009-10, the Continentals won their first seven matches and finished with a record of 15-8. The 15 wins are the second-highest total in program history, and the women were No. 15 in the final CSA rankings. That ranking is believed to be tied for the team's best at the end of a season.

The Continentals won their first six matches in 2007-08 and went on to post a 14-8 record. The team finished that season 15th in the final CSA team rankings after the Continentals defeated Tufts in the Kurtz Cup consolation bracket at Princeton. The Continentals won seven of their first eight matches in 2006-07 -- a landmark season for the program. The women competed up for the Kurtz Cup at the CSA team championships for the first time.

The Continentals were one of the most improved if not THE most improved women's program in the CSA during 2004-05. The team finished with an overall record of 13-8 and all but one of those 13 were won away from home. The Continentals were ranked 26th at the start of the season and peaked at No. 18 before they finally settled at No. 21. The women captured the Walker Cup team trophy in 2000 and claimed Walker Cup consolation draw titles in 2005 and 2006. The team finished with an amazing 18-4 record in 1992-93.

The women's squash team excels on the court and in the classroom. Lindsay Arader '16, Hillary Kolodner '14, Ann Pooley '16, Katie Rogers '14 and Laura Russell '14 made the 2013-14 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. Rogers and Caroline Steers '05 were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society.