Missing a Bear from the middle of the ladder (#4 Clementina Davila took the day off with a back strain), girls' varsity squash know that they would need a strong performance from the top three. The got it, as Maisie Noesen (7,4,5), Chase Gerber (8, 12-10,4) and Michaelann Denton (4, 4, 1) won in straight games at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. Denton, who claimed the Bear Cub award from previous winner Olivia Silverman, was especially impressive in her match, taking her opponent apart with accurate aggression.
Berkshire needed one additional win in positions 4-7 to clinch the victory, but this didn't come easy. Edeline Loh, playing up at #4, fought hard but came up on the short end of a 3-0 defeat (13-11, 8, 9). Olivia Silverman, playing yet another five gamer, claimed the first two but dropped the final three (, , 7, 7, 3) at #5. Serena Menges, stepping into a starting position on the day, snatched one and came painfully close to winning two more, but eventually succumbed (2, 13-11, , 14-12). It fell to Allie Brazo, bumped up to #6, to post a gritty four-game victory and ensure the win (8, , 6, 14-12).
Two other Bears competed on the day. Alexis Rivera played a strong exhibition and overcame a stumble in game three to seal things in four (8, 8, , 5). Chelsea Leeds had a chance to battle it out on Williston's show court and showed clear improvement in a loss (5, 4, 2).
The Bears were delighted to receive a pan of brownies from their hosts, courtesy of coach Peter Gunn, as well as a recommendation for the best pizza in town. A couple of slices, a fistful of brownies and a van's worth of tunes, courtesy of co-captain Gerber's ipod, and the girls were back just in time for study hall.