The UNC club men’s squash program finished a memorable season with a final record of 8-8. The theme for the men’s squash team is clearly improvement as the team has accomplished more each season.
“We’ve played more and more matches over the past four years, every year, and we have had better records every single one of those years, so clearly there is an upward trend,” said assistant coach Patrick Noonan.
The men’s team ended their historic season with a fierce showing at the 2019 College Squash Association Men’s Team National Championship, where they finished 47th in the country, three spots better than last year. The climax of the team’s performance was a win over Duke University, who the team had previously lost to during the regular season. Senior captain Hazim Mukhtar explained that during the match at nationals, UNC was able to create a better ladder of players that resulted in better match-ups versus the Duke players, allowing UNC to be victorious.
In addition to the men’s team performing better than it has before at nationals, the UNC squash program also celebrated the creation of the women’s squash team, which played its first-ever season and ended the year ranked 40th in the country. The UNC squash program is now able to have separate women’s teams because more male and female students have shown interest in squash.
“We’ve had historically a coed team, but really it's been mostly guys. This year we had a lot of women participate and be really big contributors to the women's team,” Noonan said.