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Squash - Boys Varsity vs. Canterbury

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Home

Date: February 13, 2013

Result:Loss
Score:2 - 5

Event Recap:
In our last home match of the season, the Bears played Canterbury for the second time in seven days. With almost identical ladders to last week's 3-4 loss, we knew it was destined to be a close match.  The Bears started strong with #4 Jack Harrison '15 winning 3-0 against a player who beat him last week.  He kept rallies alive and made great decisions while on the T.  It was an impressive turnaround for Jack's game and demonstrates just how far he's come this season.  I hoped it would portend the outcome for the rest of the match.  #2 Sam Lewis '14 and #6 George Fowlkes '14 both won their first games and looked comfortable on the court.  George was executing impressive shots and he kept his opponent moving all around the court.  Unfortunately, his opponent was a great retriever and everytime George though he had a winner, his opponent miraculously found his way to the ball and kept it in play.  As George got frustrated, he made more mistakes on the court and ended up losing the remaining three games.  That meant it was 1-1 in match score.  Sam Lewis lost the second 10-12 and dropped the third quickly 3-11.  However, in typical Sam fashion, he clawed his way back to win the fourth 11-6.  His opponent showed great fight in the fifth and Sam couldn't hit the kills he needed to.  He lost 9-11 in the fifth to make the match score 2-1 Canterbury.  With #7 Tanner Tomasi '14 injured, #8 Noah Wilson '15 had to step up.  He dropped the first game with silly mental errors and a lackluster movement but rebounded in the second to tie the match at 1-1.  Unfortunately, errors and mental frustration prevented him from playing to his potential and he lost the next two games.  Down 1-3, the Bears needed our odds to play some great squash.  Sam Perkins '14 was the first to hit the court and he went up 2-0 with some great drops and well placed drives.  He looked liked he had it at 11-10 in the third but his opponent came back and won 14-12.  Sam fought hard in the fourth but lost in a second tie-breaker 11-13.  Gassed and without the mental edge of winning the previous two games, Sam couldn't find it in him to win the final fifth game.  It was the second five-gamer these two have played and it was impressive to watch the two of them move each other around the court.  #5 Peter Hoover '14 fell in three to an opponent who's drop shots kept Peter lunging forward all the time.  That put the match out of reach and left the Bears down 1-5.  However, we finished on a high note as captain Hayden Dunham '13 played a lightning-quick opponent and came out on top 3-1.  His game scores tell you just how close the match was (15-13, 11-13, 12-10, 11-3).  It was incredible to watch the two players hit volley after volley and somehow keep the ball in play.  It was also an impressive display of shotmaking as both players cracked cross-courts and dropped into nicks from anywhere on the court.  Kudos to the Bears for a great effort!  We face Kent away next. 
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