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Gifford Sommerkamp '05
Senior co-captain Gifford Sommerkamp hopes to lead the Jeffs to a great season.

Men's Squash Set for 2004-05 Season

November 5, 2004

2003-2004 RECAP
The Amherst College menís squash team finished the 2003-04 season ranked 13th in the nation with a record of 10-9. After a slow start, the Jeffs reeled off eight consecutive midseason victories, highlighted by a four-match sweep over Bowdoin, Bates, Hobart and Colby Colleges at the Amherst Invitational. After a second-place finish at the Little Three Championships, Amherst wrapped up its season at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, hosted by Yale University. In the Hoehn Division (for teams ranked ninth through 16th nationally), the Jeffs won their first-round match over Franklin & Marshall College, 5-4, but dropped a pair of narrow losses to Hobart and Bates in the semifinals and 11-12 playoff match, respectively.

Amherst graduates just two players - co-captain Asad Haque and classmate Andrew Merle. Haque competed mostly at No. 6 last season, while Merle played mainly at No. 9 and 10. Their leadership and competitive nature will be missed both on and off the court.

The Jeffs return eight of their nine top players, highlighted by seniors Michael Strong and Gifford Sommerkamp and sophomore Auloke Mathur. Junior Nick Haslett posted a key victory in the CSA win over Franklin & Marshall, and senior Brian Lawrence, junior Tyler Mixter and sophomores Stuart Landesberg and Peter Hatfield all provide valuable court experience.

Amherst welcomes three first-years who each hope to compete for court time this winter, highlighted by Mark Rapisarda. Rapisarda, who finished the 2003-04 season as the 22nd-ranked under-19 junior player in the nation, is joined by Andrew Slutsky and David Fortunato.