By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 25, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 17, 2009 at 7:31 PM ET

northwesternEvanston, IL — The Northwestern Wildcats are part of the up and coming Midwest squash scene.  Founded in the 1990s, the team has quietly moved up the rankings.

Last year, the coed club finished the season as the 26th-ranked men’s squash team. Over the past five seasons, Northwestern has consistently finished the season ranked between 25th and 30th in the nation.

This season, the Wildcats will be captained by Akhil Daswani. The team returns six of their top nine players.  Northwestern is motivated to move up in the rankings and compete in the Summers Cup (C Division) of the men’s National Team Championships.

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 26th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 27th; 3rd in Conroy Cup (D Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Jay Dalal ’12 (1); Akhil Daswani ’10 (2); Andrew Park ’10 (4); Eugene Kim ’10 (5); William Benedict ’12 (6); Dan Wolf ’11 (8); Andrew Liu ’10 (10)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Peter Kamm (3); Nate Caro (7); Tom Hughes (9)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:

  • Expected to compete for the 4 through 7 ladder positions: Kwang-Ho Roh
  • Expected to compete for the 4 through 7 ladder positions: Vivan Som

Captain: Akhil Daswani

Team Goals: Compete in the Summers Cup (C Division)

Key Matches: Denison, Northeastern

To read other team previews, please visit the 2009 – 2010 College Squash Preview Page.