Squash - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||January 8, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 1 - Eaglebrook 6|
The JV Squash Bears traveled north yesterday for the first match since our winter vacation. After spending the previous two practices working off much of the rust from the break, the Bears hoped today would be a good showcase for the New Year. As a former JV Squash player last year, I shared my thoughts with the team that it would be a tough match as the Eaglebrook players are agile as well as having formidable drop shots.
Unfortunately, while the team as a whole improved, our opponents were still a gap away. In order to readjust our overall ladder, Yanno Fernandez '16 was moved to #4 as he had returned just the night before the match. Evens took to the courts first. In exhibition play, Brady Wilson '17 and Gerry Gimenez-Valdes '15 tried their hardest yet were unable to actively take control of the court and ended up losing 3-0. Peter Dunn '15 quickly lost his first set but he ultilized his power rails and cross-court drives that, to his benefit, brought him a tough win on the second set 12-10 yet an overall loss of 3-1. Our left-hander #7 Ian Bell '16, based on our practice the day before, was fairly used to countering the opponent's drop shots and attack boasts; he ended up losing 3-0. #6 Daniel Beyer '16, #2 Hunter Borwick '16, #3 Noah Arin '15, and #5 Bryce Laigle '15, lost 3-0. I, #1 Bao Nguyen '14, team's captain and coaching assistant, faced an opponent with a similar style play that ultilizes lobs, high, deep rails as well as drop shots. However, I too was unable to keep up with my opponent and lost 3-0. Yanno Fernandez started off losing two sets. However, with his unyielding will and physical abilities, he managed to make a rough comeback and became our only player who won against his opponent 3-2.
It was a rough 1-6 loss but, after a long ride home with some burritos at Chipotle and further reflection, it was clear that we had played our best. We are facing our first opponent of the season, Williston, at an away match this Saturday.
Submitted by Bao Nguyen '14