Squash - Girls Varsity
|Date:||February 13, 2013|
|Score:||3 - 4|
Event Recap:Coming in on a four-match winning streak, Berkshire looked to keep the momentum going against Coach Andy MacKenzie's Suffield squad. At the end of the day, the Tigers snuck off campus with a victory, but the Bears came away feeling good about the afternoon.
The visiting team jumped ahead in the first round, sweeping #2 Michaelann Denton [0-3], #4 Edeline Loh [0-3] and #6 Allie Brazo [0-3], as well as an exhibition at #8 (Serena Menges [1-3]). Denton opened with an 11-8 game, Loh fought all the way to 12-10, Brazo was competitive in all three and Menges used terrific counter-punching to keep things close for all four frames, but the visiting team was focused at game balls and closed things out when they had the chance.
This left Berkshire down 0-3 going into the odd matches, thus needing a sweep. Things look good early, with the Bears forging ahead on a couple of courts. Once Maisie Noesen was down 3-0 at #1, the match was officially over, but there was still a lot of squash to play. Her fellow captain Chase Gerber was locked in combat one court over, dropping the first two but storming back to earn a fifth frame, which she claimed 11-5 for a fine victory. #7 Olivia Silverman had an easier go of it, winning in three straight. #5 Clementina Davila, meanwhile, won the second, fourth and fifth games in a gritty performance, thus bringing the overall match tally to Suffield 4 - Berkshire 3. Chelsea Leeds had a solid outing in an exhibition as Davila's match was winding down.
For their composure and competitiveness in the fifth games, Gerber and Davila claimed the cub. Coach Kohlhepp was generally pleased with his team's effort on the afternoon. "Last year, we fell 6-1 to Suffield," he noted, adding that the only victory came from a heroic performance by Elizabeth Benedict at the #1 position. "This year, we closed the margin to 4-3, providing confidence for the New England tournament and optimism for a head-to-head victory in 2014." Kohlhepp also opined that the team's conditioning work has started to pay dividends. "We'll get in a couple more sessions before New Englands," he promised with a gleam in his eye.
After a rare Saturday off, the girls will host Hotchkiss on Monday for Senior Day, then travel to Millbrook on Wednesday to wrap up their dual matches. The Bears will head to Pomfret for the B bracket of the New England interscholastic tournament on Saturday - Sunday February 23-24.