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14th Ranked Men's Squash Opens Tuesday Against No. 20 Tufts

December 3, 2001

Carlo Valdesolo '03
Junior captain Carlo Valdesolo
AMHERST, MA - Anchored by a trio of experienced juniors - Carlo Valdesolo, David Bauer and John Holodnak - the 14th ranked Amherst College men's squash team opens its season Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at 20th ranked Tufts University. Amherst will play an uncommonly competitive slate, with matches scheduled against three-time defending champion Trinity, historically dominant Harvard and traditional rival Williams.

2000-01: A LOOK BACK
Last season was a learning experience. Playing one of the top schedules in the country, the Jeffs held their own, finishing 14th overall in the final NISRA national rankings.

Head coach Peter Robson's squad faced top-notch competition at every turn, including three-time national champion Trinity College, and Harvard, Yale and Princeton Universities, which finished the season ranked second, third and fourth, consecutively.

Still, Amherst received some great performances along the way, particularly by Addison West '01. The senior captain finished the season ranked 31st nationally by the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA), after anchoring the Jeffs as their No. 1 player, highlighted by a dramatic 3-2 (10-15, 15-6, 10-15, 15-13, 15-13) victory over Yale.

The Jeffs placed second in the traditional Little Three tournament, topping Wesleyan, 6-3, on the strength of wins from stalwarts Valdesolo at the No. 2 spot, and Bauer at the No. 3 position.

Other notable victories included an 8-1 win over M.I.T., and a 9-0 blanking of Rochester, behind strong play from the entire team, particularly Holodnak and standout rookie Asad Haque.

Additionally, four players continued the Amherst tradition of academic and athletic excellence as NISRA Scholar-Athletes: John Brody '02, Jedediah Horwitt '01, Ashley Ebersole '01 and Leif Bohman '01.

2001-02: A LOOK AHEAD
West's graduation leaves the Jeffs' top slot vacant, with a trio of experienced juniors waiting in the wings. Valdesolo anchored the No. 2 spot last season, while classmates Bauer and Holodnak were right behind at positions three and four. A pair of nationally-ranked newcomers - first-years Michael Strong and Gifford Sommerkamp - will also challenge at the top of the ladder.

Additionally, Haque will look to build on the promise shown during a standout rookie season from the No. 5 position. Rounding out the returner starters are Roger Boulay '03 and Brody. Other players vying for a spot in the top 10 are sophomore Andrew Merle and first-years Brian Lawrence and Ted Platt.