LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's squash program kicks off their 2019-20 campaign on the road Friday, taking on Richmond in a match hosted by the University of Virginia.
To watch a season preview video featuring head coach Gavin Jones, click here.
The Diplomats begin their season with three matches in two days, all on the campus of UVA. Following the opener against Richmond, F&M battles host Virginia on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and follow with a contest against North Carolina at 3:00 p.m.
F&M has never faced Richmond or North Carolina and is looking to break a four-match winless streak in the seventh all-time meeting with Virginia.
The College Squash Association (CSA) rankings have yet to be released. The Diplomats finished last season as the nation's No. 14 team after accumulating a 15-8 mark. Rankings will be available throughout the season and can be found here.
Depth and experience are two words that could aptly describe F&M's returning lineup for this upcoming season as seven of the nine members of last year's CSA Team Championships ladder are welcomed back into the fold.
Four talented and motivated first-years will vie for spots in the lineup and have already added valuable competition to the program during their challenge matchups.
Players to Watch
The top half of the ladder remains almost entirely intact from a squad that went 15-8 last year and finished with the No. 14 ranking in the nation.
Jeeva set a career-high in wins with an 18-5 overall mark between the No.'s 1-2 spots in the order, while Abbas won six matches at No. 1, and Parekh produced an impressive first-year campaign with a team-leading 19-5 record playing predominantly at No.'s 4-5. Fellow first-year Matthew Dukarm '22 went 18-5 at No.'s 5-7, while Yannis Senkel '20 went 16-6 from No.'s 2-5.
Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference
The newly-formed Middle Atlantic Squash Conference (MASC) was officially sanctioned by the College Squash Association Board of Directors on a provisional basis for the 2019-20 season. It is the first organization of its kind for college squash.
The Diplomats are joined in the conference by Dickinson, Drexel, George Washington, MIT, Virginia, and Navy.
After a successful inaugural championship that was held at the MacArthur Squash Center at the University of Virginia, the 2020 championship will be held in Washington, D.C. at Squash on Fire and George Washington University from February 7-9, 2020.
Updates to Coaching Staff
Ron Koenig joined F&M's staff as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. Koenig brings a wealth of experience with him to Lancaster, having coached in the Philadelphia area for the previous 15 years.
He replaces long-time associate coach Ron Epps, who announced his retirement before the start of the season. Epps was a mainstay of F&M squash for more than 30 years and served as the women's head coach from 2002-08.
For the second year, F&M squash fans will be able to stream every Mayser Center Squash Court for every home match in high-definition.
Each court can be streamed independently with its own high-definition video and audio feed at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
Viewers at home also can follow along with who is competing by tracking live results of home matches through Club Locker. Fans can sign up for a free account and follow live results by searching for Franklin & Marshall under the live scores dropdown.
The Road Ahead
The Diplomats' first contest in Mayser is set for Saturday, Nov. 23rd, against Tufts and MIT. The newly-formed Middle Atlantic Squash Conference is hosting its Championship on Feb. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.
CSA Team Championships will take place in Boston, Mass. and is set for Feb. 28th to March 1st, while Philadelphia is the site of the CSA Individual Championships for both the men's and women's squads and takes place from March 6-8.
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