Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2018 who are currently in their “Sophomore Summers.”
One of three siblings, Alvin played four sports in high school but has focused on squash since arriving at Dartmouth. This past year he primarily played at No. 1 singles, winning seven of his 11 matches at that position.
You had a breakout sophomore year with the Big Green last season earning a spot on the All-Ivy First Team. What are your thoughts on your performance in 2015-16?
I’m very happy with my individual and our team performance this past winter. We had big wins over several Ivy League powerhouses including Cornell, Princeton and Harvard, in addition to victories over highly ranked non-conference teams. Individually, I was particularly happy with my wins during the team’s closest matches, such as against Drexel, Cornell, and Penn. My freshman year I struggled to come up clutch in the team’s most important matches so to improve on that was satisfying.
You were also honored with the team’s Most Improved Player Award, what did you do to work on your game?
I worked a lot on my shot selection leading up to and during the season. By improving my shot selection I was able to end rallies more quickly and beat opponents that previously took advantage of my weak shot selection. I also improved my level of fitness this past winter with consistent on-court and off-court training.
What is one of your favorite or best memories thus far at Dartmouth?
Beating Harvard to begin the season would definitely be one. Watching Matt Giegerich clinch in the fifth to begin his career at Dartmouth was amazing and really set the tone for the remainder of the season. Taking down Cornell, 5-4, on its courts would have to be one too; in the past few years we’ve had very close matches with them and to inch by them while missing two of our starting players in the top nine was great.
What is your favorite or best memory from traveling on the road with the Big Green for the past two seasons?
Brian Giegerich’s storytelling on the bus rides always comes to my mind when I think about good memories traveling with the team. Brian has great stories.
How long have you been playing squash and what got you interested in the sport?
I started playing squash in eighth grade. I’d always been a baseball player but developed elbow tendonitis that year from overpitching. One day that fall I went over to the racquet club down the street from my house and started playing. My mom saw how much I enjoyed it and ended up creating a team at my school that eventually competed with several other schools in the area. Things went from there.
Outside of your school work and sport, what do you like to do in your free time?
I’m into hiking, beachbumming, running, anything outdoors. Being on campus this summer with more free time I’m hoping to take advantage of the outdoors and explore the area.
What are you looking forward to in your junior season and beyond?
I’m definitely excited for the season ahead and eager to see what the incoming four freshmen bring to the team as players and people.