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Squash - Boys Varsity vs. Salilsbury

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Away

Date: January 8, 2014

Result:Loss
Score:Berkshire 2 - Salisbury 5

Event Recap:
The Bears traveled south today for our first match since our winter vacation.  After spending the previous two practices working off much of the rust from the break, the Bears hoped today would showcase all of our hard December work.  Unfortunately, while there were glimmers of potential, the team as a whole struggled to hit its stride.  Evens took to the courts first.  In exhibition play, left-hander Liam Bullock '17 dropped his first game but found his length and came back strong in the next three to win 3-1.  #6 Peter Hoover  '14 faced an athletic opponent and wasn't able to extend rallies long enough to force his opponent to make a mistake.  While he was able to win the third game, he couldn't find the necessary consistency for the fourth and lost 1-3.  #4 Tyler Morse '17 was the first off the courts as he placed the ball well and left his opponent scrambling to retrieve shots in all four corners of the court.  He won 3-0.  Co-captain and #2 Sam Perkins '14 went 5 games in a very close match.  After dropping the first 3-11, he quickly regained his footing and won the second and third 11-6 and 11-4.  He couldn't maintain his momentum, however, and dropped the fourth 10-12 and the fifth 7-11.  That left Berkshire down 1-2 as the evens took to the courts.  #7 Dongchan Ryu '17 was still struggling with jetlag and didn't look his normal self.  He lost in three to put the Bears down 1-3.  #5 Noah Wilson started his match fixated with his favorite shot, the drop, but was able to temper his enthusiasm in the second and third to win 3-0 leading the Bears back to 2-3.  #1 and co-captain Sam Lewis '14 lost the first 9-11 and then seemed to find himself on the defensive for the remainder of the match.  While he made incredible gets, he was unable to truly control the "T" and let his opponent dictate the next two games.  He lost in three.  #3 George Fowlkes '14 also faced some tough competition and while he constructed some great points, he found it hard to execute in the final shots of each rally.  He lost 9-11, 12-10, 5-11, 8-11 but, like the rest of the team, demonstrated much potential.

It was a tough 2-5 loss but, after a short ride home and further reflection, there were some signs of a strong foundation upon which to build.  We face Suffield away on Saturday for our next match.  In the meantime, we hope to build up our fitness and work off any remnants of the vacation rust.
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