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University of Virginia: 2021-2022 Season Preview

University of Virginia Cavaliers


  • 2020 was a program-best year for Head Coach Mark Allen’s Virginia teams with exemplary rankings and some hardware – women’s Kurtz Cup (B Division) championship – to show for their efforts. The clear goal is to find that momentum to reach new heights in 2022.
  • The women’s team is poised to not only break into the Top 8, but make some waves for historical stalwarts while they are there. Their enviable mix of seasoned returners and talented newcomers will be put to the test early in the season with several key matches scheduled for November.
  • The UVA men will have a similar challenging opening to the season and will want to send a message that their fifth-ranked finish in 2020 was not a fluke. Their returning cast is very strong as well, which should help guide them through choppy waters at the outset to the season.

Head Coach:  Mark Allen
Assistant Coach:  Grant White

Women’s Team Captains:  Caroline Baldwin, Emma Jinks
Men’s Team Captains:  Will Holey, Tyler Mackesy

Women’s Team Roster Updates
Returning Players
:  Emma Jinks, Maria Maya-Lopez, Sydney Maxwell, Amanda Haywood, Julia Curran, Grace Seymour, Caroline Baldwin
Graduated/Non-Returning Starting Players:  Julia Thompson, Emily Woodworth, Sarah Doss, Tara Arya
Additions to 2021-2022 Roster:  Meagan Best, Griffin Dewey, Maureen Foley, Annabelle MacTaggart, Erin O’Connor, Caroline Pellegrino, Nicolina Tessitore, Olivia Walsh

Men’s Team Roster Updates
Returning Players
:  Aly Hussein, Omar El Torkey, Cullen Little, William Holey, Teddy Durfee, Tyler Mackesy, Patrick McElroy, Maxwell Velazquez
Graduated/Non-Returning Starting Players:  Peter Miller, Toby Hansford, Andrew Braff, William Braff, Matthew Katz
Additions to 2021-2022 Roster:  CJ Baldini, Drew Barr, Charles Braff, Taha Dinana, Evan Hajek, Myles McIntyre

Women’s Team Goal:  To qualify for the Howe Cup (A Division) at Team Nationals and be at our best to compete during each and every match.
Men’s Team Goal:  To qualify for the Potter Cup (A Division) at Team Nationals and be at our best to compete during each and every match.

Women’s Key Matches: Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel
Men’s Key Matches: Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel

Coach’s Quote: “More than anything we are looking forward to returning to competition after losing an entire year to the dreaded Covid. We believe this is going to be the most exciting and competitive season of squash–for every team in the CSA–and we are eager to take part. We have high hopes for our teams, and for each individual, on the squash court and off. Here is to a tremendous 2021-2022 year for the whole CSA!”

To read season previews for other CSA teams, please visit the 2021-2022 College Squash Season Previews page.