In light of the upcoming squash season, Kendall Fitzgerald ’16 and a Griffin Fitzgerald ’17 have provided a season preview for both the Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity squash teams.
Boys Varsity Squash Preview
Saturday, November 21, the Blair Boys Varsity Squash team will play in its first match(es) of the 2015/16 season. The boys of the 2015/16 squash team include, Seniors: Will “The Preacher” Pemberton, Cameron “Curtsy” Kurtz, Yichuan “Kung Fu Panda” Yan, Ye “Data” Tien, Juniors: Griffin “Spiffy” Fitzgerald, Harry “Xerxes” Moore, Sophomores: Luigi “SQUIRREL” Pasquariello, Jon “Slinky” Carlsson, Cole “Slim Jim” Schultz, and Adham “Soon to be nicknamed” Sobhy. The year starts fresh with a similar team, the four returning seniors look to lead the boys to a successful season. Coach Doug “The Golden Retriever” Compton recently said, “We have a great team of guys this year, good senior leadership, unbelievable energy, and various personalities; it looks like a promising year”. The team will compete in 13 individual matches this season, with 4 separate tournaments, including High School Team Nationals. The MAPL, Mid Atlantic Prep League, includes Lawrenceville, Hill, Mercersburg, and a new challenger in Hun with their inaugural season. The Peddie School is not mentioned, because they don’t have a squash team (Scrubs). The boys look to go into every week with a vigorous mentality, the belief that everything will go their way if they work hard enough. Hopefully, this will show on the court when it’s game time. I hope you all can come out and watch their eight home matches!
(Copyright 2015 Griffin Fitzgerald)
Girls Varsity Squash Preview
Girls varsity squash is on track to have one of its best seasons yet. Though we sadly said goodbye to 3 great seniors last year, we retained our top 5 girls for this year. Returners Aya Sobhy, Reade Von Stade, Jess Lu, Zaynah Karem, Liana Zranchev, Kendall Fitzgerald, and last years freshman phenom Clio Bersani are ready to bring the same great fighting spirit to the team this year. This year Rose Mascharenas and Abby Arturi, two very powerful hitters, are adding firepower to the team. The team has two new freshman phenoms, Kate and Alexa S! This week the team will be working on improving footwork, perfecting swings, working on new specialty shots and going over strategy. The first tournament is on December 5th! Come support these talented and hard working athletes.
(Copyright 2015 Kendall Fitzgerald)
(Photos from Blair Academy Flickr stream)