Last weekend, Boy’s Varsity Squash went down to Pennsylvania for the U.S High School Squash National Tournament. The boys made a considerable jump by playing in Division 3 (out of seven divisions), whereas last year they played in Division 5. The boys were ranked pretty low in their division, seeded 13 out of 16 teams in the divisions, and had to work to make their way up.
The first match was against one of the top seeded teams in the division, Westminster. The boys fought hard, and highlights include a great win from Harry Moore ’17 and a hard-fought loss coming from Jon Carlson ’18. However, the team fell 6-1 into the Consolation Round. From there on, the team played Haverford’s C team. The boys played outstandingly, crushing the opposition in a 6-1 victory. The boys slept soundly that night and were ready for their upcoming matches in the morning.
The boys then played the New Haven squash team. This was also a competitive match in which the team fell 5-2. However, there were some close matches in the mix: Cameron Kurtz ’16 had a great match in which he came back from 2-0 down but lost it right at the end in the 5th game. Jon Carlson also had a 5-gamer in which he too lost in the final game.
Although faced with a sour loss, the boys’ spirits were raised when they avenged their 2014 loss to Andover in a 5-2 victory. Highlights of this match included a 5-game win from Luigi Pasquariello ’18 and two 4-game wins from Adham Sobhy ’18 and Cameron Kurtz. All-in-all the boys had a solid trip, going 2-2 and ending at 11th place in Division 3, putting them at 43rd in the country.
(Copyright 2016 Griffin Fitzgerald)