By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 14, 2009 at 10:14 PM ET

kenyonGambier, OH — Last season, Kenyon College marched through the Serues Cup (F Division) of the National Team Championships. The Lords defeated Vermont, Vassar, and Purdue to finish the championships and the season ranked 41st in the nation.

This season, Kenyon looks to continue its success and has a competitive schedule lined up. The Lords will compete at the Denison Open, which will include potential matches with the Naval Academy, Northwestern, and  Western Ontario.  In addition, a road trip to Philadelphia for matches with Drexel and Haverford is set for November.

Peter Dumbadze and Michael Shea will captain the Lords this season.  They will lead a team that returns eight of the nine players that competed in last season’s National Team Championships. In addition, the team expects its new team members, Eric Milborne, Rob Mueller, and Michael Sharpe, to have an impact on the lineup.

Kenyon’s goal is to improve its ranking and earn a spot in the Chaffee Cup (E Division).  Given last season’s performance in the Serues Cup, this goal is a possibility.  In addition, Kenyon would like to create a competitive rivalry with Denison University, its close neighbor. In recent years, Denison has dominated the series.

2008-2009 Season Recap

Final Ranking: 41st
National Team Championships: 41st; winner of Division F

2009-2010 Season Preview

Returning Players from Team Championships: Peter Nolan ’11 (1); Matt Sargent ’10 (2); Brandon Bollinger ’11 (4); Spencer Carlson ’12 (5); Michael Shea ’10 (6); Danilo Lobo Dias ’12 (7); Chris Wert ’12 (8); Rohit Sudarshan ’11 (9).

Graduating Players from Team Championships: David Still (3)

Additions to the 2009-2010 Roster: Eric Milborne ’13, Michael Sharpe ’13, Rob Mueller ’12

Captains: Michael Shea ’10 and Peter Dumbadze ’10

Team Goals: To get into the E Division

Key Matches: Drexel, Haverford, Purdue, and Denison

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