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Wesleyan Men’s Squash 2016-17 Season Preview

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

2016-17 SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University men's squash team begins its 2016-17 season this Saturday, Nov. 19 when it heads to Clinton, N.Y. to face Hamilton College at 2 p.m. The Cardinals look to build off last year's success, in which they finished 13-7 overall and claimed fourth in the Summers Cup (C Division) of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships. Wesleyan finished No. 20 in the final standings, and enter the 2016-17 campaign at No. 19 in the Dunlop Preseason Team Rankings.

Head Coach Shona Kerr, entering her 12th season at the helm of the program, welcomes back nine members from last year's team. The Cardinals are loaded with veteran leadership as five seniors return for their final season, headlined by co-captains Zach Roach and Alex Kamisher. Wesleyan does not have a junior on its team, but does boast four sophomores and four freshmen.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The team's top returners from a year ago are Chris Hart '17 and Alex Kamisher '17, who are faced with a difficult task of filling the void left by First Team All-NESCAC selections Raheem Logan '16 and Guy Davidson '16, who graduated in the spring.
  • Kamisher was named a NESCAC All-Academic and CSA Scholar Athlete last season, while co-captain Roach earned NESCAC All-Academic honors. The duo will be relied upon to lead the team throughout the year.
  • Kerr also welcomes back seniors David Sneed and Grant Lounsbury, two significant contributors from last year's team, as they look to build off impressive junior campaigns. Sneed and Lounsbury were both named CSA Scholar Athletes and NESCAC All-Academic selections last season.
  • In the sophomore class, Yahya Ladiwala, Josh Lane, Kevin Le and Matt Stefanak expect to have strong seasons after successful freshman campaigns.
  • New to the Wesleyan men's squash team this year will be freshmen William Bienstock, Premchai Bunsermvicha, Alex Dreyfus and Johnny Hayes.

HEAD COACH SHONA KERR

"We don't just aim to compete, we get better at it."

"The team consists of some highly committed, intellectually sharp people who are all here to help and push each other both on and off the court. The key to this season will be the cohesiveness of the group and their willingness to commit to each other."