MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University squash teams will compete at the 2018 NESCAC Championships this weekend at Hamilton College beginning Friday, Feb. 2. Both the men's and women's teams will play in the First Round Friday at 4:30 p.m. The men received the No. 11 seed and will square up against No. 6 Colby, while the women earned the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Connecticut College.
The tournament runs through February 4 with the NESCAC Championship matches scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday. The quarterfinals and semifinals will take place Saturday with the consolation round at Colgate.
- The Cardinals—ranked No. 31 in the country—enter the tournament with a 4-13 record and will look to advance to the quarterfinals for an eighth-consecutive season.
- The No. 11 seed is the team's lowest since the 2010 campaign, but Wesleyan's roster is very young and consists of four juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.
- Sean Choi '21 has been a bright spot for Wesleyan as he's played all 17 matches in the No. 1 spot while boasting a 12-5 record.
- Junior captain Yahya Ladiwala has played every match in the No. 2 spot while sophomore William Bienstock '20 holds a 7-10 record in the No. 3 slot.
- At the bottom of the lineup, Kevin Le '19 has played well in the No. 7 position with a 6-5 mark, Will Coburn '21 owns a 5-6 mark in the No. 8 spot, and Premchai Bunsermvicha '20 sits at 7-9 in the No. 9 slot.
- Friday's match against the Camels marks the third meeting this season between the two teams, with Conn. College claiming both matches by scores of 6-3 (Dec. 8) and 5-4 (Jan. 21.).
- The Camels are 8-7 on the year and 5-2 in neutral site contests.
- Wesleyan is 19-20 all-time in the NESCAC Championships while Conn. College is just 8-27.
- The Wesleyan women's team ranks No. 21 in the Dunlop College Squash Rankings with an 8-9 overall mark.
- After posting a 5-5 record against NESCAC teams in regular season action, the Cardinals earned the No. 7 seed for the first time since 2013—matching their highest seed ever at the conference tournament.
- Led by three-time All-American and 2017 NESCAC Women's Squash Player of the Year Laila Samy '18, Wesleyan will look to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.
- Samy has once again been spectacular as she enters the weekend with a perfect 17-0 mark from the No. 1 position.
- She's received help at the top of the lineup from a pair of freshmen in Aditi Prasad and Ananya Vir. Prasad has played every match in the No. 2 spot and is 12-5 overall, while Vir is 10-6 in the No. 3 position. Their classmate, Natasha Feenstra, has also been an excellent addition to the Cardinals roster and is 8-6 overall playing in the No. 4, 5 and 6 slots.
- Wesleyan is 6-1 all-time versus Connecticut College in the NESCAC Championships and 2-0 against the Camels this season—both wins by a score of 9-0.
- The Camels are No. 25 in the national rankings with a 7-8 overall record.
- The Cardinals are 15-23 all-time in the conference postseason while Conn. College is 4-29.