Girls Squash Shut Out in Nobles Match

After coming off of a great showing at the High School National Tournament, Andover Girls Varsity Squash took to their home courts in front of a packed gallery versus a very tough Nobles and Greenough squad this Friday. With senior and number one player on the ladder Lydia Smith ’09 in Washington, DC, everyone’s positions shifted. Although the girls lost by a final score of 0-7, the score didn’t reflect most of the evenly played matches. Kim Kohn ’09 came onto the courts storming. She showed her true abilities as she ran her opponent all around the court with a mixture of lobs and hard, low skill shots. She battled in a match that went all the way to five games and lost by a final score of 1-4. Other notable performances included that of Lauren Wilmarth ’09. With the absence of Smith, she was forced to fill the number one spot. Despite losing all of her games, Wilmarth took a strong Nobles number 1 to game point twice. Captain Carolyn Brown ’09 was pleased about the way the team played and said, “I think that the girls really stepped up and showed some real guts and spirit.” She continued, “I think that on a different day, with our full roster, we might have been able to pull this one off. Even so, the match was really much closer than it looks on paper.” With motivation to avenge its loss to Nobles, Andover headed to St. Paul’s School on Wednesday afternoon. With every member of the team healthy and ready to play, the girls came prepared and were able to pull of a win by a final score of 5-2. Smith was well-rested and ready to play. She completely dominated in her match at the number one position. As usual, Wilmarth played well along with Kohn and Nicole Wagner ’09. Lydia Smith said, “After being gone for the weekend I was really glad to get back on the court.” She contnued, “I felt really good out there and everyone on the team played great and gave a solid effort.” She continued, “We really need to carry this momentum into the end of the season.” Looking to next week, Andover hits the road, traveling to Groton for a rematch with hopes of making a statement after a loss earlier in the season. Later, Andover will host archrival Phillips Exeter Academy in the final match of the season before Interschols. Exeter’s record, at 6-5 this season in meets where they are not in a tournament, is comparable to Andover’s record, which to date stands at 4-6. This should be a matchup that will attract a large audience.