By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 9:59 PM ET

Penn State UniversityState College, PA — After falling short of the required matches to qualify for Team Championships, Penn State is focused on earning a spot to the 2015 – 2016 tournament. According to captain Taylor Blackford, “We would like to compete at nationals this year since we were unable to attend for various reasons last year. We also would like to grow as a club and get more involvement within the University.” Penn State is focused on matches with Drexel, Ithaca, and Johns Hopkins as they work to reestablish themselves. Last season, the team was weakest in the lower third of the line-up. With the loss of two players to graduation, the entire line-up will need to improve to facilitate the Nittany Lions’ goal. Blackford is optimistic about finding new talent. “Most of the team is new to the sport so we hope they learn quickly,” he adds.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-3

Final Ranking: Not Ranked

Team Championships: NA in the Did Not Qualify

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win %: 0.4286… Middle 3 Win %: 0.4615… Lower 3 Win %: 0.2727

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Captain: Taylor Blackford

Team Goals: To compete at Team Championships

Key Matches: Ithaca, Drexel, and Johns Hopkins

To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.