GW Squash Set To Open 2010-11 Season

Oct. 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University men's and women's squash teams will open their 2010-11 season when they host district rival Georgetown on Friday afternoon. The match will be held at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, 22nd and G streets, NW.

Prior to the match, there will be a dedication ceremony as the courts at the Health and Wellness Center will be renamed the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts, after former GW squash player Matt Grossman.

2010-11 Men's Squash Outlook

The George Washington men's squash team made strides in the 2009-10 season, breaking into the top-20 in the national rankings for the first time in program history. The Colonials finished the season ranked 20th in the nation while notching two victories over Stanford and also besting district rival Georgetown. Fourth-year coach Wendy Lawrence looks to continue the climb in the national rankings with the help of new assistant coach Jake Gross and a roster with an experienced group of veterans and six talented newcomers.

The Colonials have four home matches on the docket as they open their 2010-11 campaign against Georgetown on October 29th. Columbia, Navy and Franklin & Marshall will also visit Foggy Bottom this upcoming season. Seven opponents on this years schedule finished in the top-20 of national rankings last season including tenth ranked Williams College, No. 13 Navy and No. 14 Bowdoin.

Leading the Colonials in the top three is sophomore Islam El-Fiky of Cairo, Egypt, sophomore Omar Sobhy and junior Jose Calderon. Sobhy enters his second season at GW following an impressive freshman debut. He was the program's first scholarship recipient and he showed his potential as he worked his way into the number one position by the end of the season. Sophomore Sam Ehrlich and junior Brett Feldman will compete in the top six for the Colonials while senior captain Mike Bower returns for his final season of eligibility. He will be flanked in the bottom three by sophomore Player Haynes. Other returning players include juniors Brett Feldman, Adam Pistel,and 2009-10 Team MVP Michael Nair



Lawrence will also welcome in six student-athletes in the recruiting class of 2014, including two top-50 junior players and the program's second scholarship athlete in El-Fiky. A member of the world number one-ranked Egyptian Junior National Team, El-Fiky holds a world men's ranking of 165th.

The sophomore is a transfer student, previously enrolled at The American University in Cairo. "Islam is one of the highest rated recruits in GW history, and is one of the top recruits in collegiate squash" said Lawrence. "He will likely be ranked in the Top-15 collegiate players in the United States in his first year at GW."

Freshmen Larkin Brinkworth, Chris Castelo and Chris Bell also join the program after competing at some of the top-ranked squash high schools in the country. Rounding out the recruiting class is junior Russell Powden, a native of Washington, DC.

2010-11 Women's Squash Outlook

The George Washington women's squash team capped off an impressive season by finishing as the 17th ranked team in the country and bringing home the Walker Cup to Foggy Bottom. The 2010-11 season could very well become the most successful ever thanks to the largest and most talented recruiting class in the program's history. Wendy Lawrence, the men's coach for three seasons, enters her first campaign as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs.

Serving on Lawrence's staff for both teams will be first-year assistant coach Jake Gross. The Colonials should be in a good position to carry over their end of the year success into the new season, as they sport a roster full of capable veterans and an impressive recruiting class that could translate into another championship season.

Returning for the Colonials are senior co-captain Eliza Ehrlich and fellow co-captain, junior Lauren Mathieu, both of whom can expect to play in the top five. Also returning is junior Tiffany Hingley, who will compete in the top six. Sophomores Toby Leventhal and Morgan Masiello also return following impressive debut seasons. Rejoining the team after taking a year off is senior T.T. Pasanen, who is expected to contribute this upcoming season. Junior Caroline Shumway also returns.

With two newcomers replacing every graduating senior, the Colonial women will have one of the deepest ladders in college squash this season. Expected to make immediate contributions are Kelly Barnes and Jackie Shea, who are penciled into the top two ladder spots in their debut season at GW. Barnes, hailing from Bermuda, finished the 2009-10 season ranked 31st in the National Junior rankings and is a member of the Bermuda National Team. Shea became the first ever National Letter of Intent signee for the GW Women's Squash Program and has an impressive resume, including being the 2009 Junior Silver Champion and finishing the season ranked 27th National Junior Rankings.

Also expected to contribute upon arrival at Foggy Bottom is Kyung Min Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea. She finished 2010 undefeated in ISL matches and notched a third place finish in the Seoul Squash Championship. In the past she has trained with the Korean National Team. Incoming freshmen also include Becca Imrich, Maya Nair, Catherine Ehrlich and Elizabeth Tapley, all of whom should be in contention for spots in the top nine.

The recruiting class of 2014, coupled with a strong core of returning players, ensures that the Colonials will continue to rise in the national rankings for the next four years.

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