By Anne Bello
Published Oct 1, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 26, 2009 at 9:54 PM ET

stanfordStanford, CA — The Stanford men ended last season with a strong performance at the National Team Championships. The Cardinal won close matches over Georgetown and Hobart to make it into the Conroy Cup finals against Connecticut College. Conn eventually took the D Division title 5-4, but Stanford did not go down easily. With the top six players from last year’s squad returning, 2009-2010 looks to be a promising season for Stanford.

Junior Sam Gould, who played number 1 for the Cardinal last season, and CSA Scholar-Athletes Pat Bugas and Ananth Sridhar will captain the team. Sophomores Derek Rowley, Wyant Hong, and Teddy Bowers, all top-six players, will be back, as will Spencer King and Greg Hertz, who both played at the bottom of the ladder.

The team has lost to graduation two players, Will Lewis and Dave Israelachvilli, who played in the bottom three. The team will gain three players who are expected to play in the middle or bottom of the ladder: juniors Ned Henningson and Trent Hazy, and first-year player Miles Bennett.

Last year’s team also set a high academic standard. “If GPA counted on court, I think our team would win the A Division!” says head coach Mark Talbott. Stanford would definitely be a contender. With four players earning academic honors from the CSA last year — Bugas, Israelachvilli, Lewis, and Sridhar — the Cardinal tied Columbia, Harvard, Haverford, Vassar, and Williams for most men’s CSA Scholar Athletes.

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 27th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 26th; 2nd in Conroy Cup (D Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Sam Gould  ’11 (1); Pat Bugas  ’10 (2); Ananth Sridhar ’10  (3); Derek Rowley ’12 (4); Wyant Hong ’12 (5); Teddy Bowers ’12 (6); Spencer King ’12 (9); Greg Hertz (10)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Will Lewis (7) and Dave Israelachvilli (8)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Ned Henningson ’11 (returning from abroad); Miles Bennett ’13
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Trent Hazy ’11

Captains: Sam Gould, Pat Bugas, and Ananth Sridhar

Team Goals: To get back into the C Division

Key Matches: Denison, Hobart, Connecticut College, and GWU

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