Bates: 2013 – 2014 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Bates College Lewiston, ME — Coming into the 2013 Men’s National Championships, Bates was seeded fifteenth overall. A clutch 5-4 win over Navy in the second round propelled the Bobcats into the consolation finals, where another 5-4 upset victory over Penn boosted their final ranking to thirteenth. This season, Bates will have other New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponents as well as Division I schools in their sights. Three players from the top ten have graduated, but Bates is restocking the ladder with a large incoming class. Ahmed Hatata of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology is expected to play in the top three, and Darius Campbell of Blair Academy is expected to play in the lower third of the starting lineup. Other additions to the squad include Carlos Ames (Mount Greylock High School), Spencer Burt (Lincoln High School), Creighton Foulkes (Concord Academy), Stefan Joseph (Cedar International School), and Nima Olumi (Beaver Country Day School). “The Bobcats are proud to be one of the most geographically and culturally diverse teams in the CSA and the most diverse athletic program at Bates College,” says head coach Pat Cosquer. This year the team will be dedicating the season to the memory of former head coach Herb Bunker, who founded the squash program at Bates and died in the spring.

2012-2013 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 15-10

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Hoehn Cup

2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (2016 – First Team All-American; First Team All-NESCAC; NESCAC Player of the Year; NESCAC Rookie of the Year); 2. Kristian Muldoon (2014); 5. Andy Cannon (2015); 6. Nabil Saleem (2015); 7. Filip Michalsky (2016); 8. Caran Arora (2016); 9. Jason Shrubb (2015)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from 2012-2013 Team Championships: 3. Walter Cabot (2013); 4. RJ Keating (2013); 10. David Born (2013 – Scholar Athlete; NESCAC All-Sportsmanship)

Additions to the 2013-2014 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 3: Ahmed Hatata
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Darrius Campbell (Blair Academy – St. Stephen, SC)
  • Other additions: Carlos Ames (Mount Greylock HS – Williamstown, MA); Spencer Burt (Lincoln HS – Portland, OR); Creighton Foulkes (Concord Academy – Belmont, MA); Stefan Joseph (Cedar International School – Tortola, BVI); and Nima Olumi (Beaver Country Day School – Newton, MA)

Captains: Kristian Muldoon and Andy Cannon

Team Goals: To be the best team we can be, to enjoy the journey, and to fight like Bobcats

Key Matches: NESCAC opponents

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