By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 10:07 PM ET

Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, MO — After winning the Serues Cup during the 2013 – 2014 season, the University of Washington in St. Louis finished last season in 7th place in the Serues Cup standings. Having lost two players to graduation, this season’s squad will need to refocus to surpass their 2013 – 2014 finish. According to co-captain Mark Temple, the team “is looking to have a strong season after graduating our number one player, Hunter Matthews, last season. We want to improve upon the middle and back end of the ladder all the while having a fun season.” Temple is correct: last season the team’s strength was in the top-3 spots of the ladder. The middle and lower thirds of the line-up captured less than 40% of their matches. Improvements in these areas will be key to a successful season for the Bears.

2014-2015 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 5-6

Final Ranking: 47

Team Championships: 7th in the Serues Cup (F Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 3… Top 3 Win %: 0.5455… Middle 3 Win %: 0.3939… Lower 3 Win %: 0.3939

2015-2016 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Head Coach: Mike Puertas

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Mark Temple (2016 – CSA Academic Recognition); 3. Alexander Bolinsky (2016); 5. Ajay Singh (2016); 6. Jake Shapiro (2017); 7. Jordan Krawitz (2016); 8. Diego Alarcon (2014); 9. Jeff Elbaum (2018); 10. Ben Auerbach (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2014-2015 Team Championships: 1. Hunter Matthews (2015); 4. Dylan Heckscher (2015)

Captains: Mark Temple and Jeff Elbaum

Team Goals: To improve upon the middle and back end of the ladder all the while having a fun season.

Key Matches: Northwestern and Vanderbilt

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