Squash - Boys Varsity
|Date:||January 11, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 1 - Suffield 6|
Event Recap:The Bears had an early dismissal on Saturday to make the long trip south to Suffield Academy. With a tough loss to Salisbury in our rear view mirror and two days of efficient practices under our belt, the Bears had wiped off the vacation rust and were ready to take on the Tigers. Evens took to the courts first. Co-captain and #2 Sam Perkins '14 returned to the team after a few days off campus and though he was aggressive, he wasn't able to find his form against his opponent. He lost 6-11, 8-11, 2-11. #4 Tyler Morse '17 had some great rallies with his opponent and despite getting caught in the corners on occasion, was able to move the ball well from corner to corner. He also demonstrated some great athleticism with several leaving volleys but ultimately lost in 3 (6-11, 13-15, 10-12). #6 Noah Wilson '15 won the first handily 11-3. His opponent adjusted to Noah's game in the second and Noah lost 16-18. In prior years this might have impacted Noah's mental game but he showed great composure on the court. While he didn't execute as well as he would have liked, he did begin to play out points. It wasn't enough however, and he lost the next two 6-11, 9-11. At the #8 position, Dongchan Ryu '17 played a good match despite a pulled groin muscle. He was able to keep his opponent guessing and won 3-1 (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10). The Bears were down 0-3 as the odds took to the courts. #5 Peter Hoover '14 was outplayed and lost quickly in three. He fought hard but his opponent had too strong an arsenal of shots for Peter to get himself into the match. #3 George Fowlkes '14 played some good points but wasn't able to string together 11 in a game and also lost 0-3. #1 and co-captain Sam Lewis '14 dropped the first two games quickly. However, he warmed up for the third and began to find his length and low cross courts. He fought hard in the third but ultimately dropped it 10-12. That left one player on the court, #7 Liam Bullock '17. Liam's match had been one of attrition as each player hit excellent shots but then followed these with simple errors. It was 2-2 after four and both teams were behind court 8 cheering on their respective player. Liam's depth and volleys gave him an aggressive edge and he worked hard to cover all four corners of the court. At 10-10, Liam earned serve to go up 11-10 and hold match point. The match came down to some great rails by Liam. His opponent, a brother of a Berkshire alum, hit an errant cross-court that popped into the middle for a stroke. Liam played some great squash and gave the rest of the team a much needed lift with his victory. The Bears headed home for a day off and a team dinner at the Turners on Sunday night.