By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM ET

Rochester, University ofRochester, NY — After completing last season as the 7th ranked team in the nation, Rochester intends to move into the top 4. To do so, they will need to improve the bottom of their ladder. Positions 7, 8, and 9 won 34% of their matches, while the top-6 positions captured 75% of their matches. Admittedly, Rochester was a little short on players last season. They brought exactly 9 players to championships, compared to most other Potter Cup (A Division) teams bringing 11 players. With four incoming players, depth should not be an issue this season. The Yellowjackets would like to reclaim the Liberty League title from St. Lawrence this season. The two A Division teams will meet in November.  According to head coach Martin Heath, he has an “international team that trains hard, helps each other with various challenges, and has fun doing it.” Heath added Adam Perkiomaki (Rochester, Class of 2013) to his coaching staff. With three First Team All-Americans returning and the incoming group of players, this year’s team looks to finish in the top half of the A Division.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-7

Final Ranking: 7

Team Championships: 7th in the Potter Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #3s had 15 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Martin Heath

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Neil Cordell (2016 – CSA First Team All-American, Liberty League All-Academic); 2. Mario Yanez (2017 – CSA First Team All-American); 3. Ryosei Kobayashi (2017 – Pool Trophy Second Consolation Winner, CSA First Team All-American); 4. William Mohr (2016); 6. Aria Fazelimanesh (2017); 7. Meng Xiaomin (2016); 8. Christian Riedelsheimer (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 5. Karm Kumar (2014); 9. Jesse Cramer (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 6: Tomotaka Endo and Michelangelo Bertocchi
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Numair Sani and Benjamin Pitfield

Captains: Neil Cordell and Ryosei Kobayashi

Team Goals: To get back inside the top 4 and challenge for the national title

Key Matches: Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Trinity, St. Lawrence, and Yale

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