2017-18 Wesleyan Men's Squash Season Preview

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

2017-18 SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University men's squash team is coming off an impressive 2016-17 campaign in which it won the Conroy Cup (D Division) title at the CSA National Championships to cap off its seventh-consecutive winning season as the Cardinals finished 11-9 overall in dual matches. The 2017-18 campaign kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 18 as Wesleyan hosts Vassar (11 a.m.) and Bryant (1 p.m.) in the Rosenbaum Squash Center.

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Head Coach Shona Kerr enters her 13th year at the helm of the program and will lead a young squad this season that features four juniors, six sophomores, three freshmen and zero seniors. She'll have a difficult task of replacing the team's top five players from a year ago—Chris Hart '17, David Sneed '17, Zach Roach '17, Alex Kamisher '17, Grant Lounsbury '17—but returns five members that contributed significantly last season.

The 2017-18 campaign contains 12 home matches and just four neutral site contests. The Cardinals will host the Little Three Championships on Jan. 27 followed by the three-day NESCAC Championships at Hamilton beginning Feb. 2. The CSA National Team Championships will take place Feb. 23-25 at Trinity and the Individual Championships are scheduled for March 2-4 at George Washington.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The most experienced members returning to this year's squad are juniors Yahya Ladiwala, Josh Lane and Kevin Le. Ladiwala saw action at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots a year ago, playing primarily in No. 6 as he posted a 6-9 mark and a 7-11 overall record. Lane went 6-12 on the season playing from the No. 6, 7 and 8 positions, and Le finished 3-7 from the No. 8 and 9 spots. Lane also won his match in the Conroy Cup from the No. 7 spot (3-0) to help the Cardinals claim the title with a 5-2 victory over Hobart.
  • Sophomore William Bienstock saw the most action a year ago as he played in 20 matches and looks to make an even bigger impact this season. The New York, N.Y. native played in the No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 positions, playing primarily at No. 7 (4-8), and finished with an 8-12 mark.
  • His classmate, Alex Dreyfus, has the best returning record on the team as he went 7-8 overall as a freshman playing in the No. 7, 8 and 9 positions. He also picked up a crucial win in the Conroy Cup as he recovered from an early 11-1 deficit to win the next three sets by scores of 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.
  • Kerr is also excited about the additions of freshmen Sean Choi and William Coburn, and sophomore transfer Jackson Rubinoff.

HEAD COACH SHONA KERR

"I'm excited to work with such a young team that has incredible room to grow and improve over the next two seasons."