By Anne Bello
Published Oct 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM ET

Springfield, Illinois — After making the leap into nine-player competition at the Men’s National Team Championships last season, the University of Illinois Springfield looks to continue its growth. “This year will be our second year attending the Jester’s tournament in Chicago,” explains captain Jamaal Hollins, who also serves as the team’s assistant coach. “We hope to be very competitive against all of the teams, coming out with strong victories.” The team is also looking to travel farther afield this season and add a round robin on the west or east coast to their expanding schedule. Sophomore Scott Warden will be joining the team, Carson Buss will take over as co-captain from Charlie Dobson, and Mary Sheila Tracy will act as the team’s faculty adviser. “While the UIS squash team is still young we are fully committed and dedicated to creating a winning, strong, and long lasting squash team,” says Hollins.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 1-16

Final Ranking: 59

Team Championships: 11th in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. John Tienken (CSA Scholar Athlete); 2. Charlie Dobson; 3. Carson Buss; 4. Jamaal Hollins; 5. Justin Keenan; 6. Jeremiah Hernandez; 7. Josh Eastby; 8. Ryan Bouray; 9. Cory Willhite

Additions to the 2012-2013 Roster: Scott Warden

Captains: Jamaal Hollins and Carson Buss

Team Goals: To expand the interest in the program to ensure that UIS will have a strong squash program for many years to come and to win all their matches wherever they compete this year

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