Girls Squash Overpowers Exeter With 5-2 Victory; Captain Ali Zindman Leads Andover in 3-0 Win

Captain Ali Zindman ’07 led the Andover Girls Squash team to a 5-2 victory over rival Exeter, winning her match 3-0 on Wednesday. Andover won by this same margin in an earlier season match-up, but both meetings proved to be difficult. Wednesday’s contest was particularly competitive. Fourteen of the 28 total games played came to a score of 9-7 or closer. “This was a closer match than the score might have indicated,” said Coach Tom Hodgson. At number one, Captain Zindman swept her opponent by a score of 9-3, 9-1, 9-6. Captain Zindman established good, straight length on her rails early in the match, ultimately overpowering her opponent. Whenever the Exeter player tried to hit a boast or cross-court, Captain Zindman countered with a low and hard shot. At number two, Carolyn Brown ’09 won 3-1 in a tight match. Brown got off to a strong and won the first two games 9-7, 9-3. Brown was unable to maintain that momentum in the third game, however, where she lost in a close 10-9. Brown recovered in the fourth and won 9-0 to secure victory. “Carolyn regained her composure and started putting her opponent away,” said Captain Zindman. “She did this by hitting deep and getting her opponent off balance and then going short.” At number three, Diana Wilson ’07 lost a tough four-game match by a score of 5-9, 9-7, 3-9 and 8-10. Though Wilson fought hard and had chances in the final game, she was not able to get back in the match after falling behind early. At number four, Lydia Smith ’09 won 3-1 after having lost to the same opponent earlier in the season. None of the games was close, however, as Smith won 9-5, 9-7, 8-9, 10-9. At the fifth spot, Lauren Wilmarth ’09 lost 7-9, 9-0, 3-9, 4-9 to an opponent she had previously beaten. Wilmarth hit too many waist-high balls that the Exeter player could hit for straight, tight, deep rails. At number six, Julia Watson ’07 won in four games. Stephanie Marton ’07, at number seven, played through illness to secure a five-game triumph. With the score tied at seven in the fifth game, Marton took over and won 9-7. Girls Squash must keep up the intensity this week though, as it is looking to prepare for Interschols.