By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET; Updated Oct 30, 2016 at 9:52 PM ET

Denison University Granville, OH — Last season, Denison’s strength was at the top of its ladder. With two thirds of the top 3 returning this season, the Big Red will hopefully continue that strong play. Three first year players will help solidify the Denison line-up. According to head coach Walt Thieman, “Our team really likes each other and has fun both at practice and traveling to matches. They support each other in academics and personal issues along with the sport of squash.” The Big Red are planning a number of trips this season. “Our weekend at the Naval Academy in late November will be a challenge as we will be competing against Stanford, M.I.T., Hobart, and the Naval Academy. Losing to all these teams when we last played them, our hopes are to get even. We are also hosting a round robin the first weekend of November in Buffalo. Bucknell and Washington University (St. Louis) will be there and hopefully another quality opponent. In late January both the men’s and women’s teams will be playing in Carlisle, Pennsylvania against Dickinson and Haverford. This will be the first time our men and women will compete together and we hope to represent ourselves well in this competition.” Look for Denison to build on their success from last season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-5

Final Ranking: 28

Team Championships: 4th in the Conroy Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .769… Middle 3 Win%: .487… Lower 3 Win%: .359…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Walt Thieman

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ziad Elamndouh (2019); 2. Sherieff Shahin (2018); 4. Alvaro Magana (2019); 5. Drew Lavine (2017); 7. Daraius Sumariwalla (2018, abroad in the spring); 8. Luke Friedman (2017);  10. Eliott Adland (2019);

Abroad for the Fall Semester: 9. Robbie Whitman (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Andrew Krayacich (2016); 6. Ben Cole (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Graham Poole (Baltimore, MD)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Mike Ferrick (Buffalo, NY) and Sam Evarts (New Canaan, CT)
  • Returning from Abroad: Ariel Cohen and Fernando Magana

Captains: Daraius Sumariwalla and Ziad Elmandouh

Team Goals: Improve upon last season’s ranking

Key Matches: Stanford, M.I.T., Hobart, Navy, Bucknell, Washington St. Louis, Dickinson, and Haverford

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