Andover Boys Squash opened its season on a high note in early December, crushing Tabor at home 5-2.
After graduating many of its Seniors, Andover relied on many newcomers to stay aloft.
Reid Bradt ’15 said, “We were not totally sure how well we would do against Tabor, though we definitely felt like we had a chance.”
Among the team’s new players are Cam Morose ’13 and Justin Curtis ’15, who both beat their Tabor opponents to secure two overall points for Andover.
Curtis’s match ended decisively in his favor, while Morose fought an intense five sets to seal his victory.
Morose commented, “Our match against Tabor was difficult, and we proved that we were able to take our squash games to the next level.”
Returning players Alex Demeulenaere ’13, Alec Buck ’13 and Captain T.J. Lenzo ’12 came through for Andover. Having led the team since the start of the season, Demeulenaere, Buck and Lenzo all won their matches. The three additional victories gave Andover five overall points and secured its victory over Tabor.
Lenzo said, “It was a really good win, and we started off on a good foot. Tabor had graduated a lot of players and did not prove to be too hard to beat.”
This coming Saturday, Andover will host its second round of regular season matches at home. Exeter, Taft, and Choate will all be at the tournament.
The competition overall will be tough. Lenzo said, “It will be a lot of matches in a short period of time. Last year, we lost twice to Choate, but it is always competitive. Because they graduated a number of players as well, we hope that we will be able to beat them this year.”
In recent years, a talented Taft squad has proven to be a formidable opponent. Last year, Taft went deep into the Division 1 national high school tournament. Andover will need to play a tight technical game to compete.
Relying on its own new talent and veteran leadership, Andover is hopeful about this Saturday’s tournament.