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2019-20 WOMEN's SQUASH preview

After a solid winter on the courts a season ago, the Middlebury women’s squash team is ready to build on those positives in 2019-20. Last season, the team tallied a 13-6 record against a demanding schedule, winning their first six matches to start the 2019 year. The Panther women finished 14th nationally and returns seven of the nine regulars to action this season.

Head Coach Mark Lewis

Led by fifth-year head coach Mark Lewis, this winter’s roster is composed of a mix of youth and experience.

Anne Glassie

After losing two of its top-three players from last year due to graduation, senior captains Anne Glassie, Natasha Lowitt and Mira Chugh return to the lineup for the Panthers. Glassie posted six victories in the middle spots of the lineup, while Lowitt tallied a record of 11-5 over the bottom-four positions with a 7-1 record to start the year. Chugh put together a mark of 13-4 and won eight of her first nine matches a season ago, with most of her playing time at No. 9 (9-4).

Natasha Lowitt

Atop the ladder will be seasoned players including sophomore Ideal Dowling, as well as juniors Virginia Schaus, Natalie Madden and Emily Beinkampen. Dowling, a Second-Team All-NESCAC selection last winter, posted a 9-12 recorded against the opposition’s No. 2 player. She also competed at the CSA Individual Championships to wrap up her first season.

Mira Chugh

Schaus tallied an 11-7 record a season ago mainly at No. 4, including a five-match winning streak to start the month of January. Madden ended the 2018-19 campaign with a 13-6 record mainly in the sixth spot, recording a nine-match victory run to start the season. Beinkampen went 4-3 in limited action last year in the No. 5 and No. 7 spots, respectively. All three Panthers will rejoin the team after studying abroad for the fall semester.

Ideal Dowling

Sophomore Gwen Davis returns to the lineup after a solid first season for Middlebury. She tallied a team-high 16 wins (16-3), with eight victories at No. 7 (8-2) and five in the eighth slot (5-1) a year ago. Davis started her career with nine-straight wins, including six of them coming in three games.

Virginia Schaus

Sophomore Hadley Barr, who saw action at the bottom of the lineup, as well as classmate Summer Hornbostel and a talented group of first-year players will also compete for playing time for the Panthers.

The Panthers’ slate opens with a road contest at Hamilton on November 16 for its lone match of 2019. Middlebury returns to action in early January and plays nine matches during the month, with six of them on the road. Another key date on the schedule is the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Wesleyan from Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9.