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Squash - Girls Varsity
|Date:||December 7, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 6 - Canterbury 1|
Event Recap:The Bears headed south to New Milford to open their season today, eager for the challenge but anxious to head into battle without co-captain Michaelann Denton (home sick). Co-captain Serena Menges and fellow veterans Clementina Davlia, Allie Brazo and Edeline Loh were determined to start their senior campaign on the right note.
After a steamy warm-up on Canterbury's hot courts, the even Bears got down to business. Brazo weathered a strong challenge from her opponent at #2 but use adept movement and confident ball-striking to secure the victory in three. Loh followed suit at #4, getting stronger by the game and showing increased discipline in terms of shot selection. Lucy Hollister '15, seeing her first varsity action in the #6 position, was in control from the start and cruised to a straight-game win. Tatum Boyle '16, new to both squash and Berkshire, struggled a bit in the first frame but found the range, cracking crisp lengths into the corners to take it 3-0.
Leading three matches to zero after the even round, the Bears looked to lock this one up quickly with the odds. Davila, playing #1 in Denton's absence, started slowly but battled her way back in against wily southpaw Alannis Perez. Davila fought on even as her teammates came off court to congratulations, cookies and clementines. (Thanks to the Brazos and Heilshorns for the road fare.). Davila used crisp volleys and impressive movement to steal the third game, but the hostess regained control and used a powerful serve and deft boasts to claim a four-game win.
Berkshire's other squashers found easier sledding. Olivia Silverman '15 proved both efficient and dominant at #3. Menges used consistent length and solid movement to follow suit at #5. Chelsea Leeds '15 stepped into the #7 spot in fine form and cranked out yet another straight-game win for the warriors in green. Madison Heilshorn '16, moving up with Hollister from Coach Bebe Bullock's elite training program, added an equally impressive effort at #9.
Coach K., working with brand new manager Julie Kokot '17 to keep the team on track, was pleased with his team's performance but realistic about the challenges that lie ahead. "We will see Greenwich Academy, Hopkins and Miss Porter's this week," he noted in the line at the New Milford Starbuck's. "Those are some stern tests that will give us a better sense of where we stand."
"But today was a good start, right?" inquired Kokot.
"Yes," confirmed the coach. "Winning is way more fun than not winning."