Andover Sweeps Week

Empowered by the strong play of Rishi Jalan ’09, Tony Zou ’09 and Captain Graham Miao ’09, Andover cruised to three victories this week, including two shutout wins of 7-0 to which every member of the Andover team contributed. Andover faced Groton on their home courts on Friday. Led by Miao, Andover experienced some challenges in a game that was expected to be easy competition. Trey Meyer ’09, who was playing number four on the ladder, had a somewhat unlucky day. Trey played an amazing match overall, but at the key points in the match, his Groton opponent prevailed. “His opponent hit an insane number of lucky shanks,” said Miao. The other loss for the team came from Anthony Chau ’09, barely losing in the last game of the best of five set The following day, Andover faced off against Middlesex. The team crushed Middlesex, winning seven games to none in less than an hour. The team was very excited with the win, especially after an unexpected challenge with Groton. Andover packed up their bags and traveled to Loomis Chaffee on Wednesday, expecting a victory. The team pulled off another win with a score of seven matches to zero. The top three players of the ladder were Jalan, Zou, and Miao, respectively. The team seems to be gaining a lot of momentum and will do its best to channel this energy in future games. The key to the three wins is Andover’s team chemistry, which helps unite the team despite squash’s independent nature. All of the veteran players have developed a strong bond off the court for several years now, and the new players such as Jalan, Andrew Hong ’10, and Hunter Schlacks ’11 have been welcomed warmly to the team. “The more activities the eleven of us do together off the court, the closer we become and the better our mental energy is,” says Alex Park ’09. The team has been channeling this energy and enthusiasm to the games and practices, and it has proved to be very successful for them so far. This week, Andover squares off against Noble and Greenough School on Saturday. “They have neither the strength nor depth to greatly challenge us,” said a very confident Miao. On Friday, however, Andover will travel to St. Mark’s School to face a highly anticipated match. St. Mark’s is a deep team, as shown in its victory over Tabor, which defeated Andover earlier this season. The team will address these potential issues by working on strategy, specifically pressure play with the lower half of the ladder. “We will have to build confidence as a team in order to beat St. Mark’s,” said Miao.