By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET

Minnesota, University of Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota may have challenges this season. According to coach John Stevers, “We have a challenge to boost fundraising efforts since funding from the Rec Sports department has been significantly reduced.” Hopefully this will not prevent the Gophers from hosting or traveling to matches. Their regular season competition last season did not prepare the entire team for the Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. Of their eleven regular season matches, only three matches were nine-player matches. To continue to improve, the Gophers will need to face complete teams throughout the regular season. On the bright side, Minnesota is returning seven players from last season’s starting line-up from Team Championships. Minnesota may be challenged if they cannot get nine player matches during the regular season.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 8-6

Final Ranking: 48

Team Championships: 8th in the Serues Cup (F Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 0… Top 3 Win%: .571… Middle 3 Win%: .524… Lower 3 Win%: .429…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: John Stever

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Anas Ghazanfar (2019); 3. Chris Bowles (2017); 4. Kevin Fox (2017); 5. Tucker Ledo (2017); 6. Joe Gagliano (2018); 8. Russell Nelson (2018); 9. Jacob Braaten (2019);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. KT Ng (2016); 7. Rae Sung Sun (2017);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Mohkam Singh
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Darren Codner

Captains: Kevin Fox and Tucker Ledo

Team Goals: To consolidate our position in the Serues Division

Key Matches: Washington and Northwestern

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