Southern California: 2013 – 2014 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Southern California, University ofLos Angeles, CA — The University of Southern California has a bit of a rebuilding effort in store for them this coming season. They graduated the middle of the line-up, but the team is very optimistic. After all, only one player on this year’s team is a senior. They have a number of incoming players who will fill the bottom of the ladder and they have one incoming player who is expected to join the top of the order.  Youth is on USC’s side. “Last year was a great learning curve for the team and we improved with the inclusion of many new players,” states co-captain Manhar Bajaj. The team has five primary goals for the upcoming season: win the Serues Cup, train and play hard, improve as a team, encourage sportsmanship, and promote squash on the West Coast. The team is looking forward to facing competition at the West Coast round robin and it also plans to visit the Midwest for matches. It will be interesting to see how the young USC squad develops throughout the season.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 7-6

Final Ranking: 46

Team Championships: 6th in the Serues Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Emerging Club

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Matthew H. Cheung (2016); 2. Christopher T. Ng (2016); 3. Rishabh Shah (2015); 7. Manhar Bajaj (2015); 8. Tashvique I. Khandaker (2014);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 4. James Bradicich (2013); 5. Hannah Gotfredson (2013); 6. Harish S. Vemuri (2013); 9. Satyen Motiani (2013)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Justin So (2017 – Phillips Exeter)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Abha Nath (2017 – Mira Costa High); Austin Cheng (2017 – The Brooks School); Zach Suite (2017 -American Heritage School); and Rudresh Ranka (2015 – B.D. Somani School, Mumbai, India)

Captains: Manhar Bajaj and Christopher Ng

Team Goals: To win the Serues Cup

Key Matches: Cal Berkeley and Northwestern

To read other team previews, please visit the 2013-2014 College Squash Season Previews page.