By Anne Bello
Published Oct 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 8:53 PM ET

Haverford, PA — Haverford finished 2009-2010 with a 4 and 11 record, but those numbers belie the competitiveness of the Fords’ season. Four of their losses were by one-match margins, and two others came within two matches for the win. With a few adjustments, the Fords could be real contenders for the Chaffee Cup.

They’ve already proved they can turn around 4-5 losses. At the Men’s National Team Championships, Haverford reversed a loss to Vassar from earlier in the season. They’ll get a chance to prove themselves against the Brewers again in early November when they host both Vassar and George Washington.

Former Bowdoin standout Niki Clement will be tasked with helping the Fords close in on other E Division teams. Clement succeeds Damon Leedale-Brown as head coach.

Clement will be working with a team that returns eight of its top ten players. Zef Konst, who tied Chris Tyson for the most wins — nine — last season, will be back as captain. He’ll be joined by fellow junior Alex Spiliotes, who went undefeated at championships last season.

The squad is young and motivated, with new leadership. As the players gain more experience and Clement settles into her new position, perhaps the Fords will be able to convert some of those close losses into wins this season.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record:
4-11
Final Ranking: 38
Team Championships: 38th Overall; 6th in Chaffee Cup (E Division)

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status:
Varsity

Head Coach: Niki Clement (Succeeds Damon Leedale-Brown)

Returning Players from Team Championships: Zeek Barnett (10); Tim Ibbotoson-Sindelar (9); Zef Konst (2; 2009-2010 Captain); Matt Liscovitz (5); Andy McComas (1); Alex Spiliotes (4); Chris Tyson (6); Andrew Wee (7)

Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster:
Rutwik Kharkar (8); Jake Ralston (3; 2009-2010 Captain)

Captains: Zef Konst and Alex Spiliotes

To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.