By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Aug 6, 2015 at 10:52 PM ET

Pennsylvania, University ofPhiladelphia, PA — During the second half of last season, Penn recorded three crucial victories against Dartmouth, Princeton, and Columbia to move into the Potter Cup (A Division). Although Team Championships were challenging, the Quakers gained valuable experience in their first appearance in the A Division since the 2008 – 2009 season. This season, Penn wants to prove last season was not an anomaly. The Quakers plan to finish in the top 6 and improve upon their finish in the Ivy League.  Penn will have 5 incoming players that will add depth to the line-up and challenge for positions in the staring order.  The team will focus on Ivy League matches and meetings with Trinity, Franklin & Marshall, and Drexel. During the semester break, the Quakers are planning an international training trip.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-7

Final Ranking: 8

Team Championships: 8th in the Potter Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #5s, 7s, and 9s had 9 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Jack Wyant

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Tyler Odell (2016); 2. Liam Quinn (2016); 3. Augie Frank (2016); 5. Rahil Fazelbhoy (2017); 6. Mike Mutscheller (2015); 7. BG Lemmon (2017); 9. Jack Maine (2015); 10. Benton Turner (2017); 11. Will Michele (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Derek Chilvers (2014); 8. John Dudzik (2014 – Academic All-Ivy)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Marwan Mahmoud (Pioneers International School – Alexandria, Egypt)
  • Expected to play in the top 5: Derek Hsue (The Pingry School – Warren, NJ); Anders Larson (Saint Ann’s School – Brooklyn, NY); and Hayes Murphy (Brunswick School – Greenwich, CT)
  • Other addition: James Watson (St. Luke’s School – Darien, CT)

Captains: Jack Maine and Michael Mutscheller

Team Goals: To finish with a top-six national ranking and improve upon finishing position in the Ivy League.

Key Matches: Ivy League matches, Franklin & Marshall, Drexel, Trinity

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