By Anne Bello
Published Oct 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM ET

Evanston, IL — Things have not been going Northwestern’s way recently. At the end of the 2009-2010 season, the Wildcats were ranked 28th in the nation and were among the top club teams. Last season, they finished 53rd overall, dropping down into the G Division. The four new players on the team this year will have to step up if the Wildcats are going to climb back the rankings;  four of the top six players from last season will not be returning. On the plus side, the four new players are all expected to play in the top six. Richard Beaumont and Spencer Powell will fill in spaces left in the top 3, and Amaar Nanabhai and Karan Vaidya will likely play in the middle of the order. “Our team is very young,” explains captain Eitezaz Mahmood. “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores who are very promising, and we look forward to becoming even better in the upcoming years.” After struggling to meet match requirements last season, the Wildcats are already planning a trip to the West Coast Round Robin. Says Mahmood, “We are looking forward to an exciting season and plan on playing many more matches!” After a rough 2011-2012, the Wildcats look to be headed in the right direction.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-5

Final Ranking: 53

Team Championships: 5th in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Eitezaz Mahmood;  5. Bryan Fiori;  7. Daniel Ha; 8. Jaclyn Edelson; 9. Alyssa Brewer; 10. Hak Soo Lee; 11. Rohan Sahai

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 2. Will Benedict; 3. Ross Chu; 4. Kyung Jun Park; 6. Kwang Ho Roh

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Richard Beaumont and Spencer Powell
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Amaar Nanabhai and Karan Vaidya

Captain: Eitezaz Mahmood

Team Goals: To compete in the F Division

Key Matches: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

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