By Anne Bello
Published Oct 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM ET

Haverford, PA — Haverford has one eye looking forward and one eye looking back. “The match between Haverford and UVA was a thrilling one in the [F Division] finals of the National Championships last year,” Haverford head coach Niki Clement explains. “Haverford won the title but we know that UVA will be out to get us this year.” The Fords are mindful of motivated rivals like UVA and Vassar, but they are also looking forward to continuing their growth from last season and making an impact on E Division competition. The Fords are gaining three new players with prep school squash backgrounds: Nate Vestriche (St. Paul’s), Laurenson Ward (Chestnut Hill), and Will Greer (St. George’s). All three have the potential to play in the top 5. Says Clement, “Our team is very deep, especially with the addition of our incoming class, and so I do expect there to be some competitive challenge matches up and down the ladder in the beginning of the season, and this may well continue throughout the season.  Coming off of a hard-working season where we saw huge jumps in improvement, our motivated group is very eager to improve our national ranking. More than that, though, they are passionate about the game and our main goal is to make sure we are enjoying the process.”

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-13

Final Ranking: 41

Team Championships: 1st in the Serues Cup (F Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Niki Clement

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Andy McComas; 4. Chris Tyson; 5. Charlie Michele; 6. Robbie Thompson; 7. Peter Boal (CSA Scholar Athlete); 9. David Chang; 11. Jon Nyugen

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2011-2012 Team Championships: 1. Alex Spiliotes; 3. Zef Konst; 8. Harry Gallway; 10. Zeek Barnett (CSA Scholar Athlete)

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 5: Nate Vestriche-Shade, Laurenson Ward, and Will Greer

Captains: Andy McComas and Charlie Michele

Team Goals: To climb the rankings and compete for the Chaffee Cup

Key Matches: Vassar and UVA

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