By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 5, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM ET

sienaLoudenville, NY — Siena College is part of a growing number of Catholic colleges and universities joining the ranks of the College Squash Association.  In recent years, Boston College, Georgetown University, Fordham University, Notre Dame, and most recently Siena have fielded teams in either the men’s or women’s divisions. Siena has two international courts.

Last season, Siena played in the Emerging Teams division of the National Team Championships.  This season, Siena returns all of its players from last season. In addition, two juniors, Adam Burn and Kevin Walsh, are expected to join the squad.  The team is planning to play more matches prior to this season’s National Team Championships.  The team hopes to enter this season’s Hawthorn Cup.

According to coach Dan Sleasman, “We have an enthusiastic group looking to play and learn and build from their very positive experience at team nationals last year.”

2008-2009 Season Recap

FINAL RANKING: 56th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 56th; 4th in Emerging Teams Division

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Alex Barovets (1); Vandan Patel (2); Viraaj Patel (3); Craig Shepard (4); Corey Tedesco (5); Lucas Gauza (6)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: None

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster: Juniors Adam Burn and Kevin Walsh

Captains: Vandan Patel and Craig Shepard

Team Goals: To play more matches and increase experience

Key Matches: Possible matches with Bard, Notre Dame, Grand Valley State, Western Michigan, and Georgetown

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