By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 10, 2016 at 9:17 PM ET

Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY — For the first time in sixteen seasons, Vassar will have a new coach. David Ames takes over as the interim head coach for Jane Parker, who guided the Brewers to a 76 – 195 record during her tenure. Ames served as the head coach at Bard College from 2003 – 2013. Vassar returns four players from the 2016 Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Brewers finished 6th in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division) and were ranked 54th in the nation at the conclusion of the season. The team is expecting a number of new players, several of whom should compete for starting ladder positions. It has been 11 seasons since the Brewers had a .500 record. With the roster additions, Vassar should be able to earn a few more victories than last season. This season will be challenging as the Brewers look to rebuild their program.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 2-15

Final Ranking: 54

Team Championships: 6th in the Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win%: .196… Middle 3 Win%: .118… Lower 3 Win%: .255…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: David Ames

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Vincent Mencotti (2017); 6. Sam Hammer (2017 – Liberty League All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Andrew Patton (2018); 9. Richard Bryenton (2017); 10. Alex Riccio (2018 – Liberty League All-Academic); 11. Isaac Stuart (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Tim Veit (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Juan Fernandez (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 4. Ben Kurchin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic; CSA Scholar Athlete); 5. Tim Boycott (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic); 7. Michael Iselin (2016 – Liberty League All-Academic);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Ankit Khosla (Newark Academy – Livingston NJ); Viraj Nadkarni (Cathedral & John Connon School – Mumbai India)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Lucas Fifer (2017, returning from study abroad)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Zhongyu (Albert) Li (Experimental Beijing Normal Unv – Beijing, China)
  • Other addition: Sohab Nasir (Karachi Grammar School – Karachi, Pakistan)

Captains: Vincent Mencotti, Richard Bryenton, and Samual Hammer

Team Goals: Foster a sense of self improvement within the team

Key Matches: Bard, Fordham, and Haverford

To read other team previews, please visit the 2016-2017 College Squash Season Previews page.