By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 30, 2014 at 7:23 PM ET

Southern California, University ofLos Angeles, CA — The University of Southern California finished in the top half of the Hawthorn Cup (G Division) last season. This season, USC wants to move up a division to the Serues Cup (F Division). The Trojans will be without three players from last season’s team championships, but they are expecting five players to join the squad. The team will be traveling to regional round robins in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Co-captain Rishabh Shah is returning for his senior season. According to co-captain Manhar Bajaj, Shah “only picked up a racket in freshmen year for the first time. Rishabh has cemented his place in the top 3 in the USC lineup. From starting off at #8 during freshmen year, Rishabh has truly shown what passion, determination and commitment can do.” USC will need to do well in their regional round robins to possibly make the leap to the Serues Cup.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-5

Final Ranking: 51

Team Championships: 4th in the Hawthorn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1 … Position with the Most Wins: #7s had 10 Wins…

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Matthew Cheung (2016); 2. Christopher Ng (2016); 3. Rishabh Shah (2015); 4. Louis Lam (2015); 5. Rudresh Ranka (2015); 6. Austin Cheng (2017); 10. Sambhav Oswal (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 7. Tashvique Khandaker (2014); 8. Manhar Bajaj (2016, injured); 9. Jaynit Raheja (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Mehran Kohli (Indus International School – India); Emma Lin (Crofton High School – Canada); Jae Ho Lo (South Korea)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Caroline Bloomer (Greenwich Academy – CT); Daniel Slatkin (Brooks School – MA)

Captains: Manhar Bajaj and Rishabh Shah

Team Goals: To compete in the Sereus Cup

Key Matches: Minnesota and Chicago Round Robins

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