PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s squash programs are off and running into the 2014-15 season having begun practice just over a week ago. Both programs are coming off of successful seasons – fourth in the CSA for women, eighth in the CSA for men – and have a group of young players that are elevating the program as a collective whole.
“We’re scheduled to play every top-10 team in the country on both the men’s and women’s side,” said Head Coach Jack Wyant in his fifth season in charge of both programs. “Like every year we’ll play all the best teams and we feel better than ever about both teams’ prospects in terms of being successful against other top tier programs.”
Penn has welcomed nine new players into the program this year, including four international players. (Read more about the freshman class here.)
In addition to the newcomers, the Red and Blue welcome back seven ladder players from a year ago for the men, and eight ladder players for the women. Serving as team captains this year will be seniors Jack Maine and Michael Mutscheller for the men’s team, while senior Leslie Gill will be captain for the women’s team.
The men’s schedule is highlighted by home matches with Navy, Franklin & Marshall and Trinity, along with Ivy rivals Dartmouth, defending national champion Harvard, and Cornell. The men will also go on an international trip over winter break to England.
For the women, they will travel to California to face Stanford and George Washington early in the season, before seeing Dartmouth, Harvard, defending champion Trinity, and Cornell at home.
Both programs will start the regular season with a trip to Maine to square off with Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin.
Penn will travel to New Haven, Conn. for the Ivy Scrimmages, Nov. 8 and 9, before kicking off regular season action in Maine against Bates on Nov. 22.