Women's squash hosts Franklin & Marshall on Friday night

Women's squash hosts Franklin & Marshall on Friday night

The Hamilton College Continentals play their first match of 2019 against Franklin & Marshall College at Hamilton's Little Squash Center on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

The Continentals (3-1 overall) have played all four of their matches this season at home, but haven't been on the court since Dec. 2. Hamilton is at No. 22 in the College Squash Team Rankings with wins against Connecticut College, St. Lawrence University and Mount Holyoke College already. Franklin & Marshall (2-3) is ranked 20th and owns wins over Conn. College and Wesleyan.

In 2017-18 the Continentals defeated St. Lawrence in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships before falling in the consolation bracket final of the Walker Cup (C Division). The Hamilton women ended up winning 10 matches and finished the season at No. 22 in the College Squash Team Rankings.

The Continentals hosted the 2018 NESCAC Men's and Women's Squash Championships and they defeated Colby College in the first round. Trinity hosts the 2019 women's championship from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 as well as the CSA National Team Championships (Feb. 22-24). Hamilton will honor its squash seniors on Saturday, Jan. 26 prior to its match against Colgate University at 2 p.m.

Seven student-athletes graduated last spring and six returned for 2018-19. Captains Megan Grip '19, Lindsay Jadow '19 and Charlotte Zonis '19 lead the Continentals into this season. Zonis entered the season with 33 career wins and has been holding down the top two positions. Grip posted eight victories last season and is second to Zonis with 21 career wins. Grip has been playing at the third position and Jadow is playing at the seventh position.

Jean Beecher '19, Liesl Guenther '21 and Caitlin Stern '21 are the other returners. Beecher has appeared at the ninth position, Guenther has been playing at the fourth position, and Stern has alternated between the first and second positions with Zonis. Guenther led all returners with 10 wins last season and Stern wasn't far behind with nine.

The newcomers to the roster include Maddie Sakheim '22, Sydney Soloway '22, Eleanor Struthers '22 and Eleonor Wolf '21. Soloway was selected the NESCAC Women's Squash Performer of the Week on Dec. 3.