The Bears faced several quandaries today: a player (#4 Clementina Davila) out with injury, a host school with old-school hardball courts, and a team mystery regarding the term "sammy." Would the team have sufficient depth to survive a missing teammate, to adjust to the archaic dimensions, and to solve the word play? The answers were a resounding yes, yes, and not exactly.
#1 Maisie Noesen, #2 Michaelann Denton and #3 Chase Gerber controlled their matches and won in straight games. #4 Edeline Loh had a hiccup in game three but roared back in the fourth frame to seal the deal. Allie Brazo, up one spot due to Davila's injury and another due to a challenge match victory, was dominant at #5. #6 Olivia Silverman followed a scoring line similar to Loh's, claiming a solid four-game win. Alexis Rivera and Chelsea Leeds played exhibitions, with Rivera coming out on top and Leeds coming up a bit short.
While most of the Bears got on and off the court fairly quickly, one squasher decided to get her money's worth on the afternoon. #7 Serena Menges came back from a 2-1 deficit to claim a dramatic five-game victory at 11-9 in the final frame. Menges was unanimous choice to receive The Cub for the day (just prior to her birthday).
Coming out of a very challenging week of practice with two good victories, Berkshire heads into a challenging stretch of the schedule. A tri-meet against Pomfret and Westminster will provide a stiff challenge on Wednesday, while the Hopkins tournament on Saturday gives the girls exposure to multiple matches in a single afternoon.