By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM ET

Ithaca CollegeIthaca, NY — After completing the 2013 — 2014 college squash season with a ranking of 50th and a third place finish in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division) at Team Championships, Ithaca is looking to improve this season. In addition, the Bombers would like to move up the rankings. At the beginning of the season, the squad will be without five starters from last year’s Team Championships’ roster; however, Ithaca is expecting six new players to join the team. Last season, Ithaca struggled at the top of the ladder. The top 3 only captured 31% of matches, while the middle 3 and bottom 3 won 41% and 52%, respectively. The Bombers will be without their #2 or 3 from last season, so look for the challenges at the top of the order to continue. Hopefully, Ithaca’s large group of incoming players will step up and fill key vacancies.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-9

Final Ranking: 50

Team Championships: 3rd in the Hawthorn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #7s had 8 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Mark Diffenderfer (2017); 4. Patrick Phillmore (2016);  6. Ethan Feller (2015); 7. Cameron Fitch (2016); 9. Tynisha Avila (2015); 10. Nick Beldoch (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Mack Smith (2014); 3. RJ Bowman (2017); 5. John Harriss (2015, returning in the spring semester); 8. Natasha Jones-Sikes (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster: 

  • James Rhodes
  • Rebecca Newman
  • Ross Bialowas
  • Quin Crofton
  • LaMarcus Avery Grier
  • Matt Hirsh

Captains: Cam Fitch, Patrick Phillmore, and John Harriss

Team Goals: To compete at Nationals, improve rankings, and have fun

Key Matches: All matches

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