By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM ET

Stanford UniversityPalo Alto, CA — Stanford concluded last season as the 2nd highest ranked club team in the nation. The team is eager to reclaim the distinction of being the top club. The team is also focused on moving up the rankings. “Our goal is to try and win the Conroy Cup (D Division) or possibly get into the Summers Cup (C Division),” explains head coach Mark Talbott. Therefore, the team is focused on matches with Hobart, Bucknell, and Hamilton, teams just ahead of them in the rankings at the conclusion of last season. The Cardinal lost 3 players from last season’s starting line-up from Team Championships but is expecting two players to join the heart of their ladder. Talbott added that, “We have a good mix this year of younger players and upperclassmen. You never know who will turn up at tryouts for this diverse and well traveled team!”  The squad only has one senior, Nick Xu, an architecture major. Xu will join Will McFarlane and Vihan Khanna as tri-captains of the team. Look for this season to be a building block for the future of Stanford squash.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 6-12

Final Ranking: 28

Team Championships: 4th in the Conroy Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1 … Position with the Most Wins: #4s had 10 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Mark Talbott

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Will Macfarlane (2016); 2. Parker Odrich (2017); 4. Matt Stevens (2017); 5. Nick Xu (2015 – Academic Recognition); 6. Vihan Khanna (2016); 9. Peter Satterthwaite (2017); 10. Will Sternlicht (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Tyler Strand (2014 – Academic Recognition); 7. Wyatt Hong (2014 – Academic Recognition); 8. John Han (2014 – Academic Recognition); 11. Chris Baldock (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Samuel Premutico and Matthew Stewart

Captains: Nick Xu, Will McFarlane, and Vihan Khanna

Team Goals: To try and win the Conroy Cup (or possibly get into the Summers Cup) and regain the top club team distinction

Key Matches: Hobart, Bucknell, and Hamilton

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.