​Virginia adds squash to varsity sports slate

Donor gift allows team to move from club to varsity

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The Virginia squash teams compete at the McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

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Virginia ended the month of June with big news, adding men’s and women’s squash to their list of varsity sports programs. Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage made the announcement Friday.

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan mentioned that it was a gift from a donor that allowed the now formerly club teams to be able to become varsity teams.

The men’s and women’s squash programs have been running as club teams since 2001, and even began competing within the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association during the 2002-2003 season. The NISRA is now known as the Collegiate Squash Association. Since squash is not an NCAA sponsored sport, the CSA serves as the head of collegiate squash.

Virginia is only the second Power Five school to have collegiate squash, with Stanford being the other. However, Stanford only has a women’s varsity squash program, making Virginia the only Power Five school to field a men’s varsity squash program.

Both teams are coming off of successful seasons in which they played against both varsity and club teams. The men’s team finished the season ranked No. 18 in the CSA poll and the women’s team finished the season ranked No. 13.

Mark Allen will continue to serve as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s squash teams, and Grant White will be the assistant coach.

The Virginia squash teams compete at the McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. A recent expansion project was approved that will further expand the facilities.

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