By Anne Bello
Published Oct 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM ET

West Lafayette, IN — Purdue will be among the teams competing in the first major tournament of the season, the Jester’s Mid-America College Championships.

Only one player from last year’s squad has graduated, and three new players will be challenging for places on the team. Returning from a long absence due to injury, Carlos Sandoval should compete for a spot in the top 3. Newcomers DH Lee and Sahil Kothary will be competing for spots in the middle and bottom 3, respectively.

Among the team’s many objectives for the season are working on moving up in Purdue’s  sports hierarchy and getting involved in the Purdue community.

“We will try our best to promote the sport while making a solid effort to improve the standards of the team,” says returning player and team leader Rudra Shriram.

2010-2011 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 3-5

Final Ranking: 57

Team Championships: 8th in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) Danish Akhtar, (2) Matt Murphy, (3) Kunai Raheja, (4) Rudra Shriram, (5) Aabhas Sharma, (7) Simran Gullani, (8) Tony Font, (9) Shreyas Prabhu Tendulkar, Yashowardhan Wagh

Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (6) Prateek Tayal

Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Carlos Sandoval
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: DH Lee
  • Expected to plat in the bottom 3: Sahil Kothary

Team Goals: To improve national ranking and promote squash in the mid-west and at Purdue University; to promote community service and professionalism within the team; to gain experience through traveling for tournaments and work hard towards a solid showing at the next nationals, and; to increase club size and guide younger players

Key Matches: Jester’s Mid-America College Championships

To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.