Andover Boys Squash capped off a great season this weekend by winning Class B Interschols. In the final match of his Andover career, Captain T.J. Lenzo ’12 entered the third draw unseeded but beat out the rest of the competition and won his bracket.
“Especially in my final four matches at Andover, I brought my best squash. I felt confident that I was the best in my draw by far despite not being originally seeded,” said Lenzo.
“Interschols was a great experience for the whole team,” said Cam Morose ’13. “We all played exceptionally well and competed at our highest level. Every match counted, and everyone played their hardest to pull off the first place victory.”
Lenzo dominated his way to the finals and only lost one game the whole tournament.
Coach Thomas Hodgson said, “[Lenzo] really played beautifully. He played his best squash of his life. He was hitting his drops at the right time, lobbing them when he needed to and covering the court well. It was a great way for our Senior Captain to finish off.”
At number four, Alec Buck ’13 found similar success. Entering as the second seed, he received a bye for the first round. He proceeded to win his first match handily in three games, but went to five games in the semifinals as well as the finals, which he won 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-13, 11-9.
Facing fierce competition in the number one bracket, Kun Woo Kim ’14 lost his first two matches in three games and did not play his third match because his opponent defaulted and forfeited.
Alex Demeulenaere ’13 lost his first round match in three games, two of which were in overtime. In the consolation bracket, he fought back to win his next three matches. Demeulenaere played his way into the consolation finals, which determined whether he earned fifth or sixth place. After dropping the first two games, Demeulenaere rallied to win two straight games but could not overcome his opponent in the fifth and lost in overtime.
Justin Curtis ’15 got a bye in the first round of his tournament, but he lost his second round match in three games. He then went to the consolation bracket, which he won, taking fifth place.
Malachi Price ’13 played in the sixth bracket but lost his second round match. In the consolation bracket, he met similar success as Curtis and took fifth place without dropping a game in the consolation bracket.
Morose played the seventh draw as the number one seeded player. After his bye, he won his first match in three games, lost one game in his second match and overpowered his opponent in the finals by winning 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.
Hodgson said, “Cam Morose, still somewhat new to the game, played very well, used his athletic ability and used all his tools well.”
The tournament awards points to each team for its players’ finishes. First place wins 16 points, second wins 13 points, third place gets 12 points, and each place lower gets one less point. Andover finished with 79 points, narrowly beating out Millbrook and Pomfret.
Fighting hard for its win, Andover is excited about its finish, which bodes well for the future of the team.