By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 17, 2009 at 7:39 PM ET

purdueWest Lafayette, IN — The Purdue Boilermakers were ready for last season’s National Team Championships. After all, the squad had over twelve hours to mentally prepare for the event as they drove from Indiana to New Jersey. The team defeated Boston University and Fordham University before losing to Kenyon College in the Serues Cup finals. Purdue finished the season ranked 42nd.

This season, the Boilermakers, who return six players from last season, will be captained by Sharma. In addition, Rudra Shriram, Sanket Dal, and Kunal Raheja are expected to join the squad.

The Boilermakers’ players are dedicated to the sport. They fund their own college squash experience, paying for travel and hotel expenses. This season, the team is planning a training trip to Illinois’ Lake Forest Club.

The players’ hard work has increased the popularity of squash in West Lafayette. This summer, wait times at the University’s courts were 30 minutes to an hour.

Purdue is looking forward to playing a variety of regular season matches against fellow Midwestern schools: Indiana, Notre Dame, Kenyon, and Northwestern. The squad is even hosting a round robin in late September.

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 42nd
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 42th; 2nd in Serues Cup (F Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Carlos Sandoval ’12 (1); Danish Akhtar ’12 (2); Matt Murphy ’11 (4); Archit Singh ’11 (6); Alejandro Dobles ’10 (7); Aabhas Sharma ’11 (8)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Rohan Dhote (3); Atul Todi (5); Tanmaya Anand (9)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:

  • Expected to compete for the 1 through 3 ladder positions: Rudra Shriram
  • Expected to compete for the 4 through 6 ladder positions: Sanket Dal
  • Expected to compete for the 7 through 9 ladder positions: Kunal Raheja

Captain: Aabhas Sharma

Team Goals: Improve ranking and make squash more popular at Purdue and in the Mid West

Key Matches: Purdue Round Robin, Indiana vs. Ohio at Kenyon, and Big 10 at Northwestern

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