By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM ET

Amherst CollegeAmherst, MA — Amherst wants to play in this season’s Hoehn Cup (B Division) and win the Little Three Championship. Last season, the Jeffs finished sixth in the Summers Cup (C Division) and last in the Little Three Championship. They also lost two players to graduation but are expecting two players to fill the vacancies. The Jeffs are looking to capitalize on a plethora of home matches this season against key opponents — Bowdoin, Brown, Drexel, Middlebury, and Navy — to help them in accomplishing their goal of entering the Hoehn Cup. Head coach Peter Robson is adding Fabian Kalaitzis, 13 time and current Greek national champion, to his coaching staff.  For Amherst to improve, the Jeffs need better production out of their bottom 3. Last season, the bottom 3 captured 29% of matches, while the top 3 and middle 3 captured 51% and 39%, respectively. Amherst may improve this season and sneak into the Hoehn Cup, but they most likely will challenge for the Summers Cup.

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-11

Final Ranking: 22

Team Championships: 6th in the Summers Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 4 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 14 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Peter Robson

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Noah Browne (2016 – NESCAC First Team All-Conference); 2. Scott DeSantis (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 4. Alex Southmayd (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 5. Max Kardon (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 6. Michael Groot (2017 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 7. Darian Ehsani (2017); 8. Jeremy Van (2017); 10. Thornton Ellis (2016 – NESCAC All-Academic); 11. Jake Albert (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. David Kerr (2014 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Rodrigo Quan Miranda (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Cameron Bahadori (The Potamac School – MD)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: David Merkel (St Anne – Brooklyn – NY)

Captains: Scott DeSantis and Alex Southmayd

Team Goals: To move up into Hoehn Cup Division and win Little III Championship

Key Matches: Williams, Wesleyan, Navy, Drexel, Middlebury, Brown, Bowdoin

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