Seattle, WA — Washington will have a number of new faces in its line-up this year.
Four players from last season’s top nine have graduated, but six new players are expected to make an impact on the team. Jack Burgess of Brighton, England, is expected to play in the top three. Bilal Khan, a returning student, is expected to play in the bottom three along with Michael Zhou, a converted badminton player. First-year player Daniel Gun Ho of New Zealand will bring additional squash experience. Dustin Ma and Josh Boquist, who both picked up squash last year, are also expected to compete for spots in the top 10.
Washington’s season centers around two round robins: the Navy Round Robin in the fall and the West Coast Round Robin in the winter. But as the college squash scene expands in the Pacific Northwest, the Huskies may soon have more opportunities to play. “We are excited to have Oregon and Reed College (Portland) with teams this year,” says coach Mike Bishop. “Maybe we can drive to a match for the first time in our history!”
2010-2011 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 7-7
Final Ranking: 41
Team Championships: 8th in Chaffee Cup (E Division)
2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Club
Head Coach: Mike Bishop
Returning Players from Team Championships: (2) Johann Huang, (4) Parisa Khalighi (CSA Scholar Athlete), (6) Eugene Chau, (7) Kevin Park, (9) Jakob Lupa
Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (1) Robert Young, (3) Steven Stevenson, (5) Benjamin Bryan, (8) Nathan Bilbao
Additions to the 2011-2012 roster:
- Expected to play in the top 3: Jack Burgess
- Expected to play in the bottom 3: Bilal Khan and Michael Zhou
- Expected to compete for spots in the top 10: Josh Boquist, Daniel Gun Ho, and Dustin Ma
Key Matches: Navy Round Robin and West Coast Round Robin
To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.