NEW HAVEN, Conn. —The Yale men's squash team, which finished the 2013-2014 season second in the Ivy League and third nationally, has named rising senior Joseph Roberts (Belfast, U.K.) its 2014-2015 captain.
Roberts, who was recruited from Belfast after a solid junior career on the European circuit, spent most of this season in the Nos. 7 through 9 positions, where he earned crucial wins against Cornell (Jan. 12) and Rochester (Feb. 14). He played his first two seasons at Yale with his brother, John Roberts '12, whose Yale career included two Ivy League championships and two second-place finishes nationally. John also won the deciding match in 2012 when Yale broke Trinity's 13-year, 252-match winning streak.
Head Coach Dave Talbott commented, "Joey Roberts is the right choice to lead a young team that will be in the hunt for an Ivy League and National Championship next season. Coming off an excellent year with only two regular season losses and a second-place finish in the Ivy League, Joey will add experience and maturity to a Yale team that had two sophomores and three freshmen in the top six. With an incoming class of five freshmen who are all talented enough to compete in the top nine, Joey's leadership will be critical."
Roberts himself has high hopes for next season, saying, "Although our three graduating seniors will be greatly missed, we have a strong and exciting group of freshmen coming in next year who will undoubtedly all be competing for places in the lineup. We worked hard this season and finished strong but, unfortunately, did not achieve our ultimate goals. We will build off it for next year and everyone will put in the extra work in order to win the Ivy League and national titles."
Roberts is a political science major in Trumbull College. He attended Methodist College in Belfast, U.K.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity