By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 7, 2009 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM ET

hobartGeneva, NY – The 2009-2010 Hobart squash team has its sights set on moving up the rankings.  Last year, the Statesman finished 28th in the national rankings and fourth in the Conroy Cup.  With seven of last season’s top nine players returning, the outlook for this year looks promising.

During the off-season, Hobart presented awards to several members of its squash program.  Graduating seniors Cale Forgues and Peter Hansen shared the Dr. Frank P. Smith Award for team leadership, while Kenny O’Connor earned the Most Improved Player Award.  Returning player Alex Khaddar was presented with the R. Chapin Siebert Memorial Squash Trophy.  In addition, Kevin Kent was presented with the Rookie Award.

Head coach Carol Weymuller has set goals for the season. “Our performance goal is to improve through out the season and peak for the National Team Championships at Yale,” she says.  “Our outcome goal is to improve on our 2008-2009 National Ranking.”

2008-2009 Season Recap

SEASON RECORD: 7-12
FINAL RANKING: 28th
NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: 28th; 4th in Conroy Cup (D Division)

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning players from National Team Championships: Corey Kabot ’12 (2); Luke Esselen ’11 (3); Alex Khaddar ’10 (5); Kevin Kent ’12 (6); Craig Chircop ’10 (7); Dan Sills ’11 (8); George Riggs ’12 (9); Carl Ranieri ’11 (12)

Graduating Players from Team Championships: Cale Forgues (1); Peter Hansen (4); Kenny O’Connor (10); Mook Lawrence (11)

Additions for the 2009-2010 Roster:

  • First Year Players: Jose Alvarez; Edgardo Gonzalez; Charlie Merrill; Sean Rose
  • Returning Senior: Dane Evans

Team Goals: To peak at Nationals and improve overall national ranking

Key Matches: Stanford, Connecticut College and Northeastern

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