By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET

Denison UniversityGranville, OH — After finishing last season ranked 35th, Denison’s goal is to finish this season ranked in the mid-20s. “With the addition of three excellent players our goal and expectation is to jump to the mid-twenties.  In addition, our returning players are showing strong determination and dedication to achieve this goal,” explains head coach Walt Thieman. After being forced to rely on the wins and losses against a select few opponents last season to determine their ranking, the Big Red are stepping up their schedule so they may control their own destiny. Denison is heading to the Navy Round Robin and Wesleyan Round Robin where they will face a variety of new teams that were on either side of the Big Red in last season’s rankings.  Co-captains Marshall Crane and Andrew Krayacich are excited to be leading the team. As their prepare for the season, the captains have been leading the team through the Insanity workout program. According to Thieman, “Crane has been a model player and example of good sportsmanship the past three years.  His strong desire to compete along with his excellent personal qualities will make him a leader in his role as co-captain his senior year.” Denison’s plan to improve their schedule will allow the squash world to see their improvement.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-6

Final Ranking: 35

Team Championships: 4th in the Chaffee Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 3 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 9 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Walt Thieman

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Andrew Krayacich (2016); 2. Ariel Cohen (2017); 3. Drew Lavine (2017); 5. Marshall Crane (2015); 6. Fernando Magana (2017); 9. Ben Cole (2015); 10. Ben Wortham (2016); 11. Luke Friedman (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 4. Drew Barnes (2014); 7. Neill Peck (2014); 8. Ben Whitman (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Sherif Shahin (Egypt American School)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Daraius Sumariwalla (India American School)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Robert Whitman (Episcopal, VA)

Captains: Marshall Crane and Andrew Krayacich

Team Goals: To be ranked in the mid-20s

Key Matches: Virginia, Bucknell, Georgetown, Naval Academy and Colby, Hobart, Wesleyan, Boston University, and MIT

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