Rhee ’10 Helps Andover Defeat Exeter With Come Back Victory

Andover Boys Squash proved their worth this week by beating two of the top teams in New England, Exeter and Milton. On Friday, Andover beat perennial powerhouse Milton four games to three in a closely contested match. Captain Graham Miao ’09 said, “Going into the match we knew we were the stronger at the top two, so if we could win two more out of the other five ladder positions, the victory would be ours.” Rishi Jalan ’09, Miao, Tony Zou ’09, Kyul Rhee ’10, Trey Meyer ’09, Hunter Schlacks ’10 and Anthony Chau ’09 were in the top seven in the match. Jalan shakily began his match but showed poise in the next three games by coming back with his ‘machine-gun’ approach to top his very experienced opponent. Meyer and Anthony neutralized the losses of Zou, Rhee and Schlacks by winning solid matches. For the second time in a row, the win came down to Miao to decide the match in the crucial game. Splitting the first two matches 1-1, Miao overcame his opponent in a thrilling overtime win in the third match to bring his team to victory. Andover swept in its joint match against Choate and Westminster winning both matches six games to one. Spencer Rice ’09 played at 8th on the ladder, in addition to the same seven players from Milton’s match, as the team geared up for a very exciting round of Saturday matches. Andover beat Choate five games to two earlier this season, and they were ready to dominate this time. Andover also expected to dominate Westminster. Jalan’s match against his Choate opponent was the most exciting game of the day. The match began with Jalan leading two games to zero before his opponent fought back to tie the games. In the fifth game, Jalan prevailed, pulling off an epic win. Last Wednesday, the team faced their biggest rival, Exeter. Andover defeated Exeter four games to three in the highlight match of the season. Jalan and Miao both won their matches two games to one. Zou, Meyer, and Chau all lost their hard fought matches, leaving the deciding match to Rhee. Though Rhee was down two games to one and down eight points to three in his final game, Rhee fought back and earned himself a victory in the pivotal fourth game. With the strong support of his teammates and fans, he dug deep within himself to win in the fifth game and pulled out one of the most impressive victories of the season.