On Wednesday, Andover Girls Squash experienced a devastating 0-7 loss against Noble & Greenough, a perennial powerhouse in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). The loss brought Andover’s record to 1-1 for the season.
Head Coach Jennifer Elliott ’94 wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “Our team played well and competed with heart, improving their efforts with each game, but the score did not well reflect their attitude and efforts.”
Although Andover knew Nobles would be a tough opponent, as Nobles has claimed first place in the Independent School League (ISL) for the past three years, it approached the match with confidence and excitement. “We were all very pumped and positive going into the match,” said fourth seed Jennifer Lee ’18.
Although she fell behind early with scores of 11-3 and 11-7, Lee battled to one of the closest matches of the day, as she managed to finish her third game with a narrow 8-11 loss. Lee said, “In my match, I really tried to focus on hitting tight and deep rails that would push my opponent to the back of the court. Though there were many close points in my match, I definitely think that I should’ve attacked the ball more. Overall, every player on our team fought hard, but it just wasn’t enough to win the match.”
Like Lee, the rest of the team also faced 0-3 losses. Returning veterans second seed Zoe Oasis ’17 and third seed Avery Westerfield ’18 struggled alongside newcomers Sewon Park ’17, Susan Yun ’17, Caroline Yun ’18, Brita Luke ’19 and Prianca Patel ’19.
Oasis said, “Unfortunately, the game against Nobles didn’t go our way. We knew it was going to be a tough match going into it as Nobles has always had a strong team. We worked hard, but ultimately we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
Despite the defeat, Andover is confident that it will be able to improve for the future and bounce back.
Lee said, “This loss has definitely enabled us to recognize our strengths and weaknesses, both as a team and as individuals. I am confident that our hard work during practice will continue to pay off.”
“This loss is not a setback; rather, it is an opportunity for us to realize that we can contend with any team and tailor our drills to mirror game situations,” she added. The team is eager to move on and focus on preparing for its next matchup against Choate.
Susan Yun said, “I think we can work on getting our confidence back. Since this was such a tough loss, we could work on improving our mental game and hopefully play better on Saturday.”
Andover will face off against Choate at home on Saturday.
Editor’s Note: Susan Yun ’17 is an Associate News Editor and Sewon Park ’17 is an Associate Commentary Editor for The Phillipian