By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM ET

Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, MO — Washington University in St. Louis has done quite well in their three seasons of college squash play. The Bears won the Chaffee Cup last season, which was both a success and a disappointment for the team. It showed the team’s progress and that Wash U could compete with many successful club programs. It also showed the need for a schedule that would highlight the team’s strength. With the Bears’ sole loss coming against their highest ranked opponent in the regular season, Wash U was left wondering what could have occurred with a stronger strength of schedule. The Bears avenged their sole loss against Chicago in the Serues Cup finals. The team returns only four players from Team Championships, but they are gaining six players. With the new players and a better schedule, Washington in St. Louis may move up the rankings.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-1

Final Ranking: 40

Team Championships: 1st in the Serues Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1 … Position with the Most Wins: #7s had 9 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Mike Puertas

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Hunter Matthews (2015); 5. Alex Bolinsky (2016); 6. Mark Temple (2016); 9. Lyall Cooper (2016); 11. Jake Shapiro (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Wonkyu Seo (2014); 3. Adam Kurtz (2014); 4. Lawrence Liu (2014); 7. Lucas Shapiro (2014 – Academic Recognition); 8. Zac Bluestone (2014); 10. Wassam Waquar (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Dylan Heckscher (2015 – Lawrenceville); Ajay Singh (2016, TaborAcademy); Jeremy Fridling (2015)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Eric Marcus (2016); Chris Lin (2018 – Concord Academy); Kai Yang Tee (2015)

Captains: Mark Temple and Hunter Williams

Team Goals: To be the best we can possibly be this year and move up the rankings

Key Matches: Chicago, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt

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