Squash - Girls Varsity
vs. Millbrook School
|Date:||January 29, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 5 - Millbrook 2|
The Mustangs offered a stout welcome to the visiting Bears on this sunny winter Wednesday, putting together strong performances at the top and bottom of the ladder. Berkshire needed solid play from the middle to safeguard the victory and got it, with players two through six winning in straight games.
Per the usual custom, evens played first. #10 Madison Heilshorn and #8 Tatum Boyle found themselves in serious tussles right from the start and had to play the full five frames to notch the wins for Berkshire. #6 Serena Menges was in efficient in dispatching a friend. #4 Allie Brazo and #2 Olivia Silverman, each playing up a slot after their recent challenge victories, were similarly dominant in their performances.
The Bears needed just one more win from the odds to clinch the victory, but this proved more daunting than the visitors expected. Millbrook stepped up their performance in the #1 position, bringing down Berkshire's Michaelann Denton in three close games. At the same time, #7 Lucy Hollister struggled from start to finish, battling bravely but coming up short (11-7) in the fifth. Would things go the Mustangs' way? Would the hosts have their way with the visitors?
Luckily for the Green and Grey, #3 Clementina Davila and #5 Edeline Loh were not so interested in upsets. Davila played controlled and efficient squash, never letting her opponent establish any rhythm, while Loh got through some extra points (13-11) in game two before cleaning in up game three. #9 Chelsea Leeds, working on the mechanics of her serve before the match, used a patient approach to overcome a tough first frame and win in four.
"A solid effort overall," observed Coach K. "We had some hiccups, but for the most part we stayed on track in terms of our team goals. Good movement put us in position to execute good shots, and we used those opportunities."
The girls are looking forward to a long weekend respite, followed quickly by a match at Kingswood-Oxford and a pilgrimage to Philadelphia (February 6-9) for the U.S High School Championships. Parents can expect an email with details about that event toward the end of this week.