By Anne Bello
Published Oct 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM ET

Minnesota, University ofMinneapolis, MN — Teams looking for a round robin in November would do well to consider Minnesota. The facility is expanding, and multiple men’s and women’s teams have committed to the event. And then there’s the chance to play Minnesota, an up-and-coming squad. “We are a young but growing and ambitious club program,” states coach John Stever. Next season the team will have access to nine courts, which will make for more convenient practice times, and the program is planning to recruit overseas. According to Stever, the team’s goals for the immediate future are to “demonstrate competitiveness with the better clubs in the Midwest and to continue our progress upward in the rankings.” Northwestern and Notre Dame will be two key matches on the Golden Gophers’ schedule as they work towards these goals. Minnesota will also continue to be involved with volunteer work. “The University of Minnesota hosts the Beyond Walls urban squash program, which provides an excellent opportunity for team members to volunteer both on court and in the classroom,” explains Stever.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-7

Final Ranking: 55

Team Championships: 7th in the Hawthorn Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: John Stever

Returning Players from Team Championships:  3. Oliver Alexander-Adams (2015); 5. David Kraus (2016); 6. Maxwell Cowger (2016); 7. Chandler Ignaszewski (2016); 8. Andrea Belgrade (2014); 9. Bryan Wegter (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 1. Tarun Nambiar (2015 – transferred); 2. Mikhael Rellier (2013); 4. Michael Kraus (2015)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Wei Sien Goh, Sam Lindsay, and Chee Leong

Captains: Oliver Alexander-Adams and Sam Lindsay

Team Goals: Be competitive and move up the rankings

Key Matches: Northwestern and Notre Dame

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.