Ardmore, PA — Last year may have been the start of something big for Haverford. All nine of their players from Team Championships are returning with a plethora of experience, including winning four of five 5-4 matches last season. The team is also expecting three first-year players to bolster the line-up. According to head coach Niki Clement, “This season’s line up is deep, the deepest we’ve had in several years, and packed with enthusiastic players who love the game and working towards our common goals together. As coach here I feel very lucky to work with such diligent, intelligent and overall fantastic students every day.” The school itself is excited about the program. In the spring, Haverford elevated the head squash coaching position from part-time to full-time. Clement adds, “There is a huge amount of excitement behind the program now that the head coach position is full-time. Parents, friends, the coaches and the players themselves are eager to develop our program further.” As the team prepares for key matches with Boston College, Fordham, Northeastern, and NYU, the Fords will be looking to capitalize on the experience from last season. Don’t be surprised if Haverford is fighting for a position at the top of the Chaffee Cup this season.
2014-2015 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 11-9
Final Ranking: 38
Team Championships: 6th in the Chaffee Cup (E Division)
By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 4 of 5… Top 3 Win %: 0.4746… Middle 3 Win %: 0.5… Lower 3 Win %: 0.3818
2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Niki Clement
Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Nathan Vestrich-Shade (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 2. Aaron Horwitz (2017, abroad 1st semester); 3. Laurenson Ward (2016); 4. Peter Dudley (2018); 5. William Greer (2016); 6. Christopher Hoogstraten (2017); 7. Alexander Egilman (2016 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Ben Soloway (2018); 9. Shilin Jog (2018); 10. Alexander Snow (2018); Jon Nguyen
Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: None
Additions to the 2015-2016 Roster: Yash Singh (Montgomery High School – Montgomery/ Princeton, NJ), Ryan Dukarm (Canisius High School -Buffalo, NY), Alex Liu (Hopkins School – New Haven, CT)
Captains: Laurenson Ward and Nate Vestrich-Shade
Team Goals: To always compete with true sportsmanship, especially in the toughest of moments
Key Matches: Boston College, Fordham, Northeastern, and NYU
To read other team previews, please visit the 2015-2016 College Squash Season Previews page.