Seattle, WA — Last season marked the first time in recent memory that the University of Washington finished the season ranked outside of the top 50. Team co-captain Kaija Perkiomaki explains that the Huskies’ goal is “to move back up to the top 50 teams in the country.” Washington played the majority of its regular season matches with or against teams with less than 9 players. To move up in the rankings, they will need a full roster. The top 3 positions in their 2013 – 2014 ladder were successful, winning 72% of matches. The remainder of the ladder was less successful, capturing only 36% of matches. Fortunately, the Huskies expect an addition. According to Perkiomaki, “Andrés Yépez, number 3 player in Ecuador, will be joining the team, playing at the top of the roster.” That should assist as Washington looks to replace its three graduates from last season. The team is looking forward to facing Cal Berkeley, who they lost to 4-5 last season. Defeating Cal Berkeley would help Washington move higher in the rankings this season.
2013-2014 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 6-6
Final Ranking: 53
Team Championships: 6th in the Hawthorn Cup
By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 4 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 9 Wins.
2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Emerging Club
Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Jai Padmakumar (2016); 3. Kaija Perkiomaki (2015); 4. BG Court (2015); 7. Steven Shi (2017); 8. Andrew Kim (2017); 9. Frankey Rosas (2017)
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Johann Huang (2014); 5. Reid Johnsen (2014); 6. Jakob Lupa (2014)
Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:
- Expected to play in the top 3: Andrés Yépez (Ecuador)
Captains: Kaija Catherine Perkiomaki, Jai Phiroze Padmakumar, and BG Court
Team Goals: To move back up to the top 50 teams in the country
Key Matches: Cal Berkeley
To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.