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John Holodnak '03
Senior co-captain John Holodnak is a valuable asset in the middle of the lineup

Men's Squash Poised for 2002-03 Season

December 2, 2002

2001-2002 RECAP
The 2001-2002 menís squash team kicked off its campaign on a high note, taking its first three matches by decisive margins, before a string of four straight losses to Ivy League opponents dropped its record to 3-4. The Jeffs came back with a Jan. 23 win over M.I.T. to even their record at 4-4, and nosed their way into a 7-6 record by Feb. 9, culminating in a win over NESCAC rival Wesleyan University at the Amherst-hosted Little Three Tournament. Amherst looked poised to end its season successfully, but eventual Little Three champion Williams College put a stop to the Jeff aspirations - Amherst lost to Williams for the first of what would become four consecutive losses to end the 2001-2002 season. The squad entered the second division at the National Team Championships ranked a respectable 12th, but lost its grip on a national championship care of 5-4 losses to Bowdoin and Hobart Colleges.

The squad only lost one player to graduation. John Brody - who contributed a steady veteran presence to the tail end of the Jeff lineup - graduated with the Class of 2002, leaving the six spot open for contention among a bevy of strong candidates.

The 2002-2003 squad should be solid - Head Coach Peter Robson returns the entire top half of his lineup, and can rely on veteran experience to carry the day for Amherst. Sophomore Michael Strong (Wayne, PA) should man the first slot for the Jeffs, after a late-season ankle injury ended his 2001-2002 campaign unexpectedly. Two-time senior co-captain Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA) will take the second spot in the lineup, and sophomore Gifford Sommerkamp (Bethesda, MD) is expected to be a presence in the third slot. Two-time senior co-captain John Holodnak (Wellesley, MA) should handle the fourth spot, and senior David Bauer (Darien, CT) will get the nod in the fifth slot. Senior Roger Boulay (Norfolk, MA) will return to the team after spending last year studying abroad - his presence should add depth to an already practiced squad.

The Class of 2006 is a strong one for the menís squash team. Nick Haslett (Bryn Mawr, PA) comes to Amherst as a nationally ranked high school player. Meanwhile, first-years Ben Zulauf (Seattle, WA), Tyler Mixter (New York, NY) and Edward Schleyer (Rye Beach, NH) will look to add a spark to the Jeff roster.