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Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Squash Team
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By Caroline Wargo '20

 

Head Coach: Ramsay Vehslage


Last season's highlights: Under the leadership of captains Sam Scherl '17 and Daniel Hutt '17 (now playing for Harvard and Tufts, respectively), the 2016-17 Boys' Varsity Squash Team had an outstanding season, beginning with a victory at the Poly Prep Squash Tournament, held in Brooklyn in early December. With a 15-3 regular season record, the team finished their season by competing at the National High School Team Championships and earning a ranking of #10, their second best national finish ever (during the 2013-14 season, they finished 8th). At U.S Squash's Junior National Championships, held in Cambridge over Spring Break last year, an impressive four members of the team earned entry, in addition to three from the girls' team. Sam advanced to the under-19 finals and Jacob Bulbulia '20 emerged the under-15 national title winner.


What to watch for this season:

Despite having lost Sam and Daniel to graduation, the team returns several experienced players from last year's exceptional team, including 2017-18 captain Krish Bhavnani '18.

For the first time ever, both the boys' and girls' squash teams will spend their entire season practicing in the newly built Bugliari Athletics Center. The move will improve accessibility for players—who before traveled to Drew University for practices—provide greater exposure for the sport on campus, and allow for a larger roster.

• With Mrs. Tina Rix-Stout as the new Head Coach of the Girls' Varsity Team, Mr. Vehslage, who has coached both teams since the 2003-2004 season, when squash gained varsity status at Pingry, is excited to focus on the boys' team and tailor his coaching accordingly. He is also excited at the prospect of a coaching collaboration with Coach Rix-Stout.

• Lawrenceville will likely be their toughest competition this season, so watch for that match on January 6. And once again they'll be looking for a top 10 performance at Nationals, scheduled for the first weekend in February.

 

Full-court Press: "I'm really excited for the season. Of course, I'm excited to be in our new home in the BAC. I'm just hoping for a great year!" —Head Coach Ramsay Vehslage


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org