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Squash - Girls Varsity
|Date:||January 30, 2013|
|Score:||6 - 1|
Event Recap:On a mild winter afternoon, the girls' varsity squash welcomed an international audience and a nearby foe. Would our Singaporean, Jamaican and northeastern fans see the hungry Bears continue their winning ways, or would the Mustangs trample the host team's hopes heading into long weekend?
Things started in a promising (and deafening) manner on the afternoon, as co-captain Chase Gerber strung together an inspirational playlist and blasted it during a focused warm-up period. After the obligatory handshakes and team chairs, the squash began in earnest, with Berkshire jumping to an early lead with the even matches. #2 Michaelann Denton made quick work of her opponent by mixing in straight lengths and deft drops, to the delight of her mother and her college counselor, who may well have been conspiring in the gallery. #4 Edeline Loh, also playing in front of parents, found herself in a titanic struggle over the course of four tight games, eventually succumbing 14-12 in the fourth. #6 Allie Brazo and #8 Serena Menges, both of whom enjoyed courtside visits from their mothers on the afternoon, played solid positional squash to take their matches in three.
This left the home team up two matches to one as the odds took to the court, needing only two more wins of out four to seize the day. The "odds" were more than up to that challenge. #5 Clementina Davila deployed the power game to stun her opponent while #7 Olivia Silverman mixed in boasts and cross-courts to keep her fellow competitor off balance. #3 Chase Gerber found her groove early and shot the ball to all corners of the court, and #1 Maisie Noesen survived a rocky start to find her length and seize control in the second and third games. #9 Alexis Rivera and #10 Chelsea Leeds tacked on a hard-fought challenge match at the end of the day.
Coach Kohlhepp praised the effort demonstrated by Coach McWilliams' plucky squad, noting that Berkshire will travel down to Millbrook in a couple of weeks to see their new courts and play for a clean sweep on the season. In the meantime, he urged all members of his team to have a safe and restful winter weekend, noting that Berkshire has some key matches coming up next week. "When we are healthy," he observed, pleased to have filled out a full line-up card for the first time in a while, "we are a pretty solid club. I think we can push some teams this year that have had an easier time of it in the past."