STANFORD, Calif. – For the first time in three years, the Stanford Squash team will get a chance to play at home as they host Hamilton College at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
“It is great to have all of our friends and other teams to come out and support us,” said senior Serena Fagan. “Being on the West Coast, a lot of our friends have never seen squash before so it will be great to have them here. We can tell about all of our matches but it is fun to show them what we have been doing and working toward.”
The last time the Cardinal did not have to travel across country to the Northeast to play its matches was the first week of January, 2011 when Bates visited The Farm. Stanford took care of business in the match with an 8-1 win over the Bobcats. The only two current Stanford players on that roster were seniors Serena Fagan and Julia Hemmendinger, but the two did not play in the match.
“It is so much fun and we have looked forward to this match all season,” said senior Julia Hemmendinger. “It is a chance to play in front of all of our friends and fans at Stanford. Everyone is so curious about squash and there are so many people who Serena and I have brought to the courts to teach over the years. We are really excited for them to come out and support us and I am sure they are excited too.”
The Cardinal hasn’t been in action this season since Nov. 24 when they finished off a weekend of matches in Philadelphia. Stanford defeated Williams College, 9-0, but suffered defeats to Cornell and Penn to come away 1-2 after the first set of matches on the year. CC Ho and Hemmendinger were the top performers to start out the year, winning two of three matches each.
“We have been playing over break,” said Fagan. “Squash is a good sport where you can go home and play with your coaches from home. We just need to stay disciplined and get back in to the match mentality right away. I love having matches right after break because we can see what we need to work on for the next few weeks before we play again.”
Stanford also just returned to practice after a holiday break. Classes began on Monday for the student body.
“We are trying to get our games back today,” said Gill. “It is not very much time since we all just got back. We just need to focus on the basics of hitting the ball well and moving well. Hopefully we can use our foundations to come away with a win.”
Hamilton College enters the match with a record of 4-1 on the season. The Continentals have won four straight after opening the season with a 9-0 loss at Williams. Since that match they have defeated Wellesley, Middlebury, Connecticut College and Colgate with sweeps in three of those matches. This will be the first match for Hamilton since Dec. 8.
The last time the two schools went head to head was in 2011. Stanford swept the contest, 9-0, and won all nine matches in straight sets. Ariel Posner earned a victory in her collegiate debut while current Cardinal players Serena Fagan and Ally Huchro also earned wins.
Tuesday’s match will take place at the Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation. Admission is free of charge.