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.
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."