Andover Boys JV Squash has been performing at the top of its game lately and has dominated four of its five most recent opponents. This success is a great rebound after a poor start to the season in which the squad dropped its first four matches. The team lost to Tabor, Choate, Deerfield and Groton but defeated Middlesex, St. Mark’s, St. Paul’s and St. George’s before dropping a match to Exeter.
The team comprises mostly new talent in Juniors and Lowers, but Hyun Woo Kim ’13, Alasdair McClintic ’13 and Ahmad Mustafa ’12 provide leadership with experience. Rome Arnold ’14, Reidt Bradt ’15 and Jake Rauh ’14 have played both JV and Varsity matches this season. Alex Kwon ’14, Cole Benedict ’14, Rem Remmel ’14, Ji Seok Kim ’15 and Yanlin Ho ’13 complete the roster.
With three matches remaining in the season, Andover will look to finish its season on a high note. Coach Marc Koolen said, “All of [the matches] will be tough, though we are improving rapidly each day.”
Koolen applauded the team’s consistent sportsmanship and resilience. He said, “Although interscholastic matches are competitive on an individual basis, the team has been very cohesive and very supportive of everyone else on the roster. I have been very impressed with our level of sportsmanship, despite some pretty humbling team losses. Squash should always be fun as well as competitive, and this group has epitomized that theory.”
Arnold summed up his experience on the team in few words. “JV is just a party,” he said.