By Anne Bello
Published Oct 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 7:25 PM ET

Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY — Cornell finished last season ranked sixth in the nation, and the Big Red’s goal for 2014-2015 is to match or exceed that performance. Six players who competed for Cornell at the 2013-2014 Men’s National Team Championships will be back on the squad, including Aditya Jagtap, the lone senior starter returning. Japgtap, an All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy selection in 2014, will serve as captain alongside juniors Gustav Runersjo and Graham Dietz. Five new players will be joining the Big Red: Jordan Brail, Andrew Stone, Liad Hare, Seb Obieta-Chichizola, and Ian Rothweiler. The newcomers, who are all expected to play in the middle and bottom of the order, will add depth to the Big Red’s line-up.  “All opponents on our schedule will be key to a successful season,” says head coach Mark Devoy. After warming up with the Ivy Scrimmages, Cornell will open the season at home against Western Ontario, Williams, and George Washington. “It will be a fun season with many improved teams,” predicts Devoy. “There are going to be some great matches.” Expect Cornell to be in the middle of many of them.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 6

Team Championships: 6th in the Potter Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 3 of 6 … Position with the Most Wins: #2s had 13 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Mark Devoy

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Aditya Jagtap (2015 – All-Ivy League Team, Academic All-Ivy); 3. Kevin Flannery (2017); 5. Gustav Runersjo (2016); 7. Graham Dietz (2016); 8. Abhijit Maklik (2016); 9. Harry Freeman (2017); 10. Geoff Keating (2016); 11. Karan Kankariya (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nick Sachvie (2014 – CSA First Team All-American, All-Ivy League Team); 4. Bryan Keating (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 6. Rishi Jalan (2014 – Molloy Cup Winner)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Jordan Brail (Riverdale Country School); Andrew Stone (Episcopal Academy)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Liad Hare (Aviv HS, Israel); Seb Obieta-Chichizola (St. Paul’s); Ian Rothweiler (The Haverford School)

Captains: Aditya Jagtap, Gustav Runersjo, and Graham Dietz

Team Goals: To match or exceed last year’s ranking

Key Matches: All matches

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