Boys Squash Splits Matches; PA Barely Loses to Choate

On Saturday the Boys Varsity Squash team traveled to Choate for a double-header. Overall the day was split with a 4-3 loss to Choate and a 6-1 victory over Westminster. Coach Tom Cone was pleased with the team’s performance saying, “We played two strong teams, where matches could have gone either way, particularly against Choate. There was some good squash, and these matches showed just how much we have improved.” The Big Blue played Choate, the tougher of the two opponents first. At the top of the ladder Captain Dan Wagman ’06 won his match easily in three games. Similarly, at number two, Derek de Svastich ’06 swept his opponent in three games. Of the two matches Coach Cone said, “Dan and Derek are two very strong players, who give us a lot of power at the top of the ladder. Against a team like Choate, with a strong middle ladder, we need to secure victories at the top.” Also playing well for the Big Blue was Graham Miao ’09. Miao pulled out a strong five game match after being up two games to none. Through the use of good length and accurate drop shots, Miao ran his opponent along the diagonal of the court, tiring him out. Unfortunately, Simon Keyes ’06 could not close out his five game match. Keyes still played well, executing good length. Of the match Coach Cone said, “We played strong squash and are showing signs of improvement which is good.” Facing Westminster next, the Big Blue captured the victory 6-1. At spots one and two, Wagman and de Svastich once again won their matches in three easy games. At number three, Keyes lost three to none. At number four, Miao came out on top with a three game victory. Coach Cone said about the matches at the top of the ladder, “The guys played pretty clean squash, keeping everything tight and deep. They also looked for the volley to cut off their opponent’s recovery time.” Overall the day was successful because the team showed great signs of improvement through their better length and shot selection. On Wednesday the Big Blue traveled to Exeter, losing 5-2. The two wins came from the number four and number six spots. Miao easily won his match in three games, hitting with impeccable length that really pressured his opponent. Sam Woolford ’06 was able to close out his match in four games. Similarly, Woolford used good length and volleys to his advantage, not allowing his opponent enough time to get back to the center of the court. At the number one spot, Captain Wagman lost his match in four games. Of the match Coach Cone said, “Dan had a nice match. His opponent was really on today with all of his shots. Unfortunately Dan could not get the win for us.” At the number three spot, Keyes lost another five game match. While he did not win, Keyes was in control of a good number of the points. Coach Cone said of the day, “Today was another learning experience. We learned that we need to come prepared to play every match, [because] we have no easy matches on the schedule.” The Big Blue looks forward to facing Middlesex and Brooks on Saturday.