The Stanford Men’s Squash Team culminated their season with an exciting trip to the end of the season Nationals at Princeton University. 75 other collegiate teams joined them with over 750 participants! At Nationals, each division included eight teams. The depth and level of play has been increasing dramatically every year. The influx of foreign players has raised the bar significantly.The Cardinal was once again the highest ranked club team (competing only against varsity squads)), finishing eighth in the third division, 24th in the nation. Their three matches against Conn College, George Washington, and Wesleyan were competitive, especially at the top of the line up with Chris Sunshine Baldock, Mark Talbott Jr. Weiland, and Tyler Tinkerbell Strand holding down the top three positions. Tyler managed to win all his matches, and Mark grinded out two tough victories over the weekend. Chris once again demonstrated he is capable of playing with any number one in the country.
Everyone gave his all over the course of the tournament and pulled for one another while enjoying one another's company off court and mixing in lots of laughs. On Sat. evening during the event, the team along with parents, had a fun banquet dinner where pomp and circumstance prevailed and heartfelt speeches were given. A special tribute was paid to our two fearless senior captains, Teddy Bear Bowers and Derek D Rock Rowley. They selfless, fun spirited leadership will be sorely missed.
During the season, the team progressively got stronger and the everyday fun atmosphere at the courts continued to be the backbone of Stanford Squash. Paul Sweetie Petie Lee learned to transfer his considerable racquet skills over to squash. Jacob professor Banks applied his PhD to the courts. Lone freshman Nick Skippy Xu landed from down under and transferred his tennis skills and non-competitive nature! and emerged as a future force to be reckoned with. Wyatt cold feet Hong returned from his two-year stint in the Korean military with his speed intact. John Johan Han continued to improve as he developed his short game. Keebuhm T Bo /Metro Man Park worked hard on his drives as he tortured opponents with his drops. Matt X Factor Duhamel displayed his athletic ability and learned to transfer his half pipe skills to the court.
The future looks bright as Mark and Uncle Richie predict that the 2012/2013 team will be the deepest and most skilled team in the history of Stanford Squash.