For the first time in three years, Andover’s Boys Squash bounced back to a 5-2 victory against Exeter after two close matches. However, later in the week, Andover lost to Choate and Westminster.
“We were able to up our game and play our best against Exeter,” said Cam Morose ’13.
Exeter’s number one was very quick and defeated Captain Alex Demeulenaere ’13 in three games with scores of 6-11, 3-11 and 8-11.
Malachi Price ’13 also lost in three games. Michael Huang ’15 defeated his opponent in four games, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 and 11-5. After five games, Kun Woo Kim ’14 was also able to come out with a win, despite dropping two games.
Alec Buck ’13 dominated his opponent and generally outplayed him. He was able to win in four games with scores of 11-9, 11-4, 5-11 and 11-4.
Morose won his match in three close games, in which he and his opponent had long rallies. The third game was tied at 9-9, but Morose came out on top.
The strategy he used to win this match was hitting long rallies to make his opponent use his backhand and incur errors. Morose also volleyed frequently to avoid hitting the back wall.
Andover’s first game of the week against Choate was a battle, and Andover lost 3-4. Andover won 39 percent of its games.
Although Choate is a strong Division II team, this definitely was a winnable match, said Jake Rauh ’14.
“A few injuries prevented the team from playing at 100 percent,” said Rauh. This was Andover’s second loss to Choate this season, but it was an improvement from the last match, which Andover lost 2-5.
Numbers 4-6 down the ladder won their matches. Price played a notable match, which he won in five games. During the fifth game, he was up 10-9, and attained the winning point with a body serve and he “ranchered” his opponent, a term the team likes to use when a victory is determined by a body serve.
Andover also lost 5-2 to a strong Division I team, Westminster. Both Morose and Buck won their matches. Morose competed well and won 11-9 in his fifth game.
Andover won 23 percent of their games and could have won 50 percent.
“Everyone did not play as well as they could have in these matches, but [Westminster and Choate] were very strong,” said Huang.
Andover will face St. George’s next Wednesday.