By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM ET

Minnesota, University ofMinneapolis, MN — Things look bright for Minnesota. The Gophers gained valuable experience at last season’s Team Championships, and best of all, they did not graduate any players from their starting 9. This season, the Gophers are adding a new coach, David Baker, and four convertible courts to their existing five courts. In addition, the team is adding 5 new players, who are capable of challenging for positions on the ladder. Minnesota will be heading to the Navy Round Robin in the fall, the team’s first regular season East Coast trip. This will be extremely valuable for the Gophers and allow them to test their skills against a variety of teams. They are also planning to host a round robin later in the year. Number 1 player Wei Sien Goh is returning for his senior season. According to assistant coach John Stever, “Wei Sien is not the captain, but as the number one player on the roster, he is an invaluable resource to the other team members. He spends much of his practice time drilling and working with the middle and low end players for their benefit and the team’s benefit. He carries a constant positive attitude about the team and about school that infects the other players.” For Minnesota to improve, they will need to play with and against teams with 9 players.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 4-7

Final Ranking: 58

Team Championships: 3rd in the H Division

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 11 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: David Baker

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Wei Sien Goh (2015); 2. Kok Tong Ng (2015); 3. Oliver Alexander-Adams (2015); 4. Sri Mushnoori (2016); 5. Chee Fai Leong (2015); 6. Chandler Ignaszewski (2016); 7. Deshawn Hanson (2016); 8. Max Cowger (2016); 9. Connor Herman (2017); 10. David Macura (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 11. Bryan Wegter (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3 and bottom 3: Ericsson Law, Jin Ken Yap, Kevin Fox, Will Sandeen, and Tucker Ledo

Captains: Kevin Fox and Oliver Alexander-Adams

Team Goals: To move up a division for play at Nationals

Key Matches:  Navy Round Robin and Minnesota Round Robin

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