Squash - Boys Varsity
vs. Suffield Academy
|Date:||January 12, 2013|
|Score:||1 - 6|
The Bears faced the Suffield Tigers for our third home match of the season. Having spent the previous night playing each other in a round robin format, the Bears were eager to test our new ladder against a very competitive squad. The evens took to the courts first. While #'s 4, 6, and 8 all lost in three, there were some competitive points in all three matches. #4 Jack Harrison '15 continues to demonstrate improvement on the court and lost 9-11, 11-13, 6-11. He's started to think like a squash player and was able to keep his opponent off the T. #2 Sam Lewis played some fantastic squash and demonstrated something he's been missing in his last two games, grit. He lost the first 8-11, then won the second 17-15. In the third, he had to stop play to get his bloodied fingers bandaged up after an impressive dive. He lost that game 8-11 but took the fourth 18-16. We knew it would be close in the fifth and Sam played great but couldn't close the deal. He lost 8-11 in the last game. It was the best squash Sam's played in a match this season and will hopefully serve as a turning point as he gains more confidence in his abilities. The odds took the courts next and also played some good squash. #7 Noah Wilson '15 took on a fellow tennis player and hit some impressive volleys and rails to keep his opponent moving all over the court. He took the second 11-9 but lost the remaining two games 5-11, 5-11. #5 Peter Hoover '14 continues to find better length and make smarter shots. His drops let him down again but he gained more points in each game losing 2-11, 4-11, 8-11. Sam Perkins '14 also came close to extending his match with a 10-12, 6-11, 11-13 loss. He played some great points but struggled to find a controlled rhythm. As always, he worked his hardest to keep every ball in play and forced his opponent to hit great winners. Captain and #1 Hayden Dunham '13 stepped up and earned our sole victory of the day. He continues to dominate the front half of the court and today was no exception. He won 11-1, 11-5, 11-0. Thanks to all the parents who came out to support. While we lost, the Bears impressed me with their focus and zeal to notch another victory in 2013. We face Suffield again at the end of the season and it should be a good test of our own improvement.
We finished the evening with a team dinner celebrating our very own Peter Hoover's birthday. I was reminded yet again what an incredible group of young men I have on my team.