Berkshire 0 - Loomis 7
Berkshire 0 - Westminster 7
In our opening match of the 2012-2013 season, the Bears were unable to muster a victory against perennial powerhouses Westminister and Loomis. However, though we didn't find victory on the courts, the team grew exponentially better over the course of the afternoon.
The Bears evens and our #7 squared off against Loomis first. With close to a brand new team, it was several Berkshire players first varsity match and the nerves took over on the court. #7 Tanner Tomasi '14 fought hard but couldn't get the ball deep enough to keep his opponent off the T. He fell in three. #6 Noah Wilson '15 also struggled to find depth and though he hit some great drops, was unable to win a game against his opponent. #4 Jack Harrison '15 fought hard and was able to extend points but was outmatched by a much more experienced player. He lost 0-3. #2 Sam Lewis '14 had some good rallies but never controlled the point. He lost in three. By the time #'s 1, 3, and 5 took to the court, the match had been decided. #5 Peter Hoover '14 is still regaining his squash footwork and couldn't recover to the T quick enough to track down his opponents cross courts. #3 Sam Perkins kept the ball deep and played some great rails but couldn't capitalize on any of his opponents mistakes. Captain and #1 Hayden Dunham '13 split his first two games 9-11, 11-9, before getting too frustrated in the third and fourth. He fell 1-3.
Our match vs. Westminster followed a similar pattern. That said, despite playing even better opponents, the Bears were able to internalize the lessons from the previous match. Tanner began to volley more effectively and won several well-constructed points. Noah Wilson regained his mental composure, found depth, and fought hard for every point he won. The list of improvements continues down the ladder. #1 Hayden was able to construct some great points against a very talented player but couldn't a kill shot to beat his opponent. He ended up losing 1-3 again.
While a challenge, it was a good way to start the season and everyone returned to Berkshire eager to work on parts of their game.