By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM ET

Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT — After finishing the 2013 – 2014 college squash season ranked 3rd in the nation and second in the Ivy League, the Yale Bulldogs want more. They want to claim the National Championship and the Ivy League crown. Three seniors have graduated, but with six freshmen arriving on campus, the ladder will be even more competitive. According to head coach Dave Talbott, “We are very young team with potentially only one senior in the top 9. Last year our freshmen [TJ Dembinski and Liam Mcclintock] only lost 1 match each. We have 3 juniors who have contributed to the top 9 since their first year. We have added 6 freshmen who all have a very good chance of being in the top 9.” Joey Roberts, the sole senior from last season’s starting nine, will captain the Bulldogs. “He has become an invaluable team member who has won critical matches which have turned the outcomes of matches around. His dedication to squash is infectious and his teammates are eager to rally around him and help him bring in a national championship title,” Talbott adds.  Roberts, like all Yale squash players, volunteers with SquashHaven, a NUSEA program. For Roberts and the Bulldogs to capture the Ivy League and national titles this season, they will need to mature quickly and defeat perennial rivals Harvard and Trinity.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP Season Record: 16-3

Final Ranking: 3

Team Championships: 3rd in the Potter Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 5 … Position with the Most Wins: #4s and 5s had 18 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Talbott

Associate Head Coach: Pam Saunders

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Sam Fenwick (2016); 3. Zac Leman (2016); 4. TJ Dembinski (2017); 5. Kah Wah Cheong (2017); 6. Liam Mcclintock (2017); 9. Joey Roberts (2015); 10. Pehlaaj Bajwa (2016); 11. Huw Robinson (2015); Peter Dewire; Sam Shelifer

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Neil Martin (2014 – All-Ivy League Team); 7. Charlie Wyatt (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Eric Caine (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Ivy)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Pierson Broadwater (Horace Mann, NY)
  • Edward Columbia (Belmont Hill)
  • Tripp Kaelin (Deerfield Academy, MA.)
  • Thomas Kingshott (Greenwich, CT)
  • Arjun Kochhar (Mumbai, India)
  • Max Martin (Cross High School, CT)
  • Nader Rastegar (Hopkins School, CT)

Captain: Joseph Roberts

Team Goals: To win the Ivy League and the National Championship while nurturing good sportsmanship

Key Matches: All Ivy-league matches, Trinity, St. Lawrence, and Rochester

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