By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM ET; Updated Nov 7, 2016 at 8:55 PM ET

Virginia, University of Charlottesville, VA — Virginia surprised many by concluding the season with a 3rd-place finish in the Summers Cup (C Division) at the Men’s College Squash Association National Team Championships. The Cavaliers are the first men’s club squash team to finish inside the top 20 ranking positions since Dension in the 2006 – 2007 season. According to assistant coach Grant White, “As part of the program’s continuing effort to help promote the development of intercollegiate squash in the United States, the Virginia teams have organized and will serve as host for the Virginia Squash Home Round Robin, which will take place the weekend of February 3-5. The focus of this year’s event is to encourage competition between ACC schools and the field will include Boston College, Duke, University of Miami, Notre Dame, UNC, and Wake Forest. The invitational will serve as a showcase for teams from the universities and regions that will be key to the future growth of the game.” For Virginia to exceed last year’s results, the Cavaliers will need to seize 5-4 matches. Last year’s 4-5 losses to Franklin & Marshall and Colby were missed opportunities. As Virginia continues to expand its matches with varsity teams, look for their experience and season ending ranking to rise.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 19

Team Championships: 3rd in the Summers Cup (C Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2… Top 3 Win%: .608… Middle 3 Win%: .667… Lower 3 Win%: .569…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Mark Allen

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Mason Blake (2018); 2. Henry Woodworth (2019); 3. Jarett Odrich (2019); 4. Grayson Bubrosky (2019); 5. Stewart Staunton (2017); 6. Killian Bubrosky (2019); 7. Max Novick (2018); 8. James Dudzik (2019); 11. Yohan Kim (2017);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Campbell Goodman (2016); 10. Matthew Schwartz (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Toby Hansford (Darien High School, Darien CT)
  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Justin Shah (Haverford School, Philadelphia PA)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Harrison Kapp (Shadyshide Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA); Michael Huanz (Phillips Andover Academy)

Captains: Mason Blake, Max Novick, Stewart Staunton

Team Goals: To achieve a season ending ranking in the top 16

Key Matches: Middlebury, Brown, and Navy

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