By Anne Bello
Published Sep 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM ET

Seattle, WA — New players with plenty of squash experience will strengthen the University of Washington team. “We are excited about this year as we now have five players who have played competitive squash before arriving at UW, including two high level female players who play on our coed team,” says coach Michael Bishop. First-year Claudia Regio and sophomore Kaija Perkiomaki both come with junior experience and should make an immediate impact on the team. Jai Padmakumar, another first-year player, should find a spot in the top two-thirds of the ladder, and senior Chad Rixse will compete for a spot in the bottom three. The team will compete in the Navy Round Robin in the fall and the West Coast Round Robin in the winter; the Huskies will be looking to reverse a 4-5 loss to Cal from last season. Bishop is as enthusiastic about the program as he is the season: “We are at a great university in a great city with a terrific local squash community and excellent facilities.”

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 3-10

Final Ranking: 40

Team Championships: 8th in the Chaffee Cup (E Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Michael Bishop

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Johann Huang; 3. Eugene Chau;  6. Michael Zhou; 8. Jakob Lupa (CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. Bilal Khan

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Jack Burgess; 4. Parisa Khalighi (CSA Scholar Athlete); 5. Lirong Liu; 7. Jeremy Snider

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Claudia Regio
  • Expected to play in the middle 3 or top 3: Jai Padmakumar
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Kaija Perkiomakki
  • Expected to compete for a spot in the bottom 3: Chad Rixse

Captains: Eugene Chau, Johann Huang, and Jakob Lupa

Team Goals: To have fun playing squash!

Key Matches: Cal, Navy Round Robin, West Coast Round Robin

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.