By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 7, 2015 at 8:40 PM ET

Bates College

Lewiston, ME — Bates is poised for an impressive 2015 – 2016 season. After all, the Bobcats have two First Team All-Americans at the top of their ladder. One of those All-Americans, Ahmed Abdel Khalek, will be looking to defend his Pool Trophy (Men’s Individual Championship) title this season. The senior, who is the only male player to be named the NESCAC Player of the Year three times, is ready to earn his fourth honor. For the team to enter the top 10, the middle and lower three positions in their line-up will need to be more successful than last season. Consistent play throughout the line-up will assist Bates in capturing 5-4 matches. The squad will also need to fill the places of their three graduates. Head coach Pat Cosquer expects the remaining line-up to slide up to the vacant positions, with the five additions to the roster competing for the lower three positions. If the middle and lower sections of the line-up can increase their win percentages, Bates could surprise a lot of teams.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-9

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 4… Top 3 Win %: 0.7826… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5362… Lower 3 Win %: 0.4853

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer ’97

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (2016 – CSA First Team All-American, CSA Pool Trophy Champion, First Team All-NESCAC, NESCAC Player of the Year); 2. Ahmed Hatata (2017 – CSA First Team All-American, First Team All-NESCAC); 3. Darrius Campbell (2017); 6. Caran Arora (2016 – DIII Individual Finalist – B Draw); 8. Spencer Burt (2017 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 9. Carlos Ames (2017); 10. Anirudh Nambiar (2018)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 4. Andy Cannon (2015); 5. Nabil Saleem (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic, DIII Individual Champion – B Draw); 7. Jason Shrubb (2015)

Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Filip Michalsky (2016), McLeod Abbott (2019), Coley Cannon (2019), John Cannon (2019), Nima Olumi (2017)

Captains: Caran Arora, Filip Michalsky, and Spencer Burt

Team Goals: To play like Bobcats, be the best team we can be and to finish strong.

Key Matches: All Nescac Conference and D3 Opponents

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