Dickinson: 2016 – 2017 Men’s College Squash Season Preview

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Dickinson College Carlisle, PA — What is the quickest way for Dickinson to improve? Play teams close in the rankings. Dickinson has several teams that finished right behind them and several teams that finish slightly above them on the schedule this season. According to head coach Chris Sachvie, “Bowdoin, Hobart, Colby, Wesleyan, and Western are the teams on our schedule that were all ranked within about 5 ranking spots ahead of us to finish the season so in order to move up we will need to find some wins against these teams.” Jumping from 55th in the rankings at the end of the 2014 – 2015 season to 26th last season earned the Red Devils the Barnaby Award, which is presented to the men’s team showing the most improvement from the previous season. Sachvie and the Red Devils are not content with last year’s performance. They plan to move higher. “The goal for the men’s team is to continue on last year’s improvement. Moving up spots as you get closer to the top 20 becomes much more difficult, we will have the chance to play a lot of the teams ahead of us so the goal is to try and win some of these key matches to get us closer to the top 20,” states Sachvie. Dickinson does not have a senior on this year’s squad. With eight of last season’s starting nine from Team Championships returning and the expected addition of two freshmen in the middle of the ladder, look for the young REd Devil squad to be in the hunt for a position in the Summers Cup.

2015-2016 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 14-9

Final Ranking: 26

Team Championships: 2nd in the Conroy Cup (D Division)

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 1… Top 3 Win%: .696… Middle 3 Win%: .638… Lower 3 Win%: .522…

2016-2017 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Christopher Sachvie (MCSA Barnaby Award)

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Abdelrahman Elsergany (2019); 2. Brian Hamilton (2019); 3. Hal Holappa (2019); 4. Cory Litman (2019); 5. Andrew Strudwick (2019); 6. Nick Struzenski (2018); 7. Harrison Mayo (2019); 8. Vincent Warzecha (2019); 10. Samuel Portelance (2018);

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 9. Preston Miller (2016); 11. Nadim El-Jaroudi (2016);

Additions to the 2016-2017 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Alexander Wattles (Millbrook School) and Zachary Najera (Episcopal High School)

Team Goals: To improve on last season

Key Matches: Bowdoin, Hobart, Colby, Wesleyan, and Western Ontario

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