By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 7:50 PM ET

Cornell University Ithaca, NY — The 2015 – 2016 season was filled with ups and downs for Cornell.  They lost close matches with Drexel and Dartmouth, but they also defeated Princeton and Penn. The Big Red made it to the Hoehn Cup final and finished last season as the 10th-ranked team in the nation. The squad lost two players to graduation, but they return an experienced line-up. The team will also have a new coach. After twelve seasons, former head coach Mark Devoy, who had a 126-89 record, has left the program. The Big Red’s strength last season came at the bottom of their line-up. The lower 3 had a .722 win percentage, which was much higher than the top (.389) and middle (.481) of the order. If Cornell intends to move up the rankings, they will need to increase their win percentages in the top and middle of the order. Co-captaining the squad will be Kevin Flannery and Harry Freeman. Freeman, last season’s top player, collected multiple team honors including sportsmanship and most improved player awards at Cornell’s postseason banquet. Cornell is close to returning to the Potter Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 9-9

Final Ranking: 10

Team Championships: 2nd in the Hoehn Cup (B Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 2 of 5… Top 3 Win%: .389… Middle 3 Win%: .481… Lower 3 Win%: .722…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Harry Freeman (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 3. Perry Hanson (2019); 4. Jordan Brail (2018); 5. Andrew Muran (2019); 6. Kevin Flannery (2017 – CSA Scholar Athlete); 8. Alex Jung (2019); 9. Ben Francis (2019); 10. Augie Jones (2017); 11. Sebastian Obieta-Chichizola (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Gustav Runersjo (2016 – Academic All-Ivy; CSA Scholar Athlete); 7. Graham Dietz (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Jack Greenwood (Deerfield Academy)
  • Yash Jaggi (The Pingry School)
  • Jared Scherl (Tenafly HS)

Captains: Kevin Flannery and Harry Freeman

Team Goals: To qualify for the Potter Cup

Key Matches: Top-15 opponents

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