The Bears, braced for a double-header against Westminster and Pomfret, saw the latter of those opponents drop out because of weather. Nevertheless, Berkshire got in a good afternoon of squash against a strong host in Westminster and topped it off with a quick stop at Starbuck's, a perquisite of venturing into suburban life on a snowy Wednesday.
The Martletts featured very strong players at the top of their ladder, and Berkshire's top 3 struggled to gain any purchase. Maisie Noesen '13, Michaelann Denton '14 and Chase Gerber '13 all fell in straight games, though Noesen scratched out five hard-won points in the first; Denton showed some crisp ball-striking throughout; and Gerber managed to get to extra points in the first frame.
In the next trio, Edeline Loh '14, Allie Brazo '14 and Olivia Silverman '15 also fell in straight games. Loh, having worked hard in practice to improve her backhand length, found few opportunities to deploy it against a strong foe; Brazo had an superb third frame but came up a hair short at 14-12; and Silverman made some great adjustments in terms of her court position but couldn't parlay that into victory.
For the third third, Serena Menges '14 showed the heart of a lioness, coming up a bit short in a five-game thriller. (Menges' heroics allowed her to keep possession of the coveted Squash Cub.) Alexis Rivera '16 and Chelsea Leeds '15 played many quality points but couldn't string together enough for a victory, and both fell 3-0 in exhibitions.
The team continued to feel the absence of Clementina Davila '14, still working her way back from a muscle strain. Davila contributed on the afternoon by taking some fine video of the matches, which will be reviewed in individual meetings with the coach on Thursday. In addition, Davila injected an air of excitement into the drive home, continually requesting that Coach K "drive faster now, please," though neither coach nor teammates was able to determine the cause of her urgency.
The team will take a day to focus on fitness and footage, then return to the courts on Friday in preparation for this Saturday's tournament at Hopkins School. (The Bears will be competing in Rivera's home town of New Haven that day from approximately 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.)