Sports

Losses Across the Ladder End Strong Start to Season

Andover Girls Squash started its season with an opening tournament win against Groton on Saturday, December 14, 2013, in a pool of seven teams, including Exeter.

The team went on to deliver a resounding 6-1 win against Brooks on Monday, December 16, 2013, before dropping a tough match to a talented and experienced Winsor team on Wednesday, January 8, at the MIT courts.

The team journeyed to Groton to participate in the “play day” tournament. In tournament match play, there were four draws, also called divisions, and pairs of players were matched with each other to compete in each division. The number one and two players were in the one division, the three and the four players in the two division and so forth.

Co-Captain Madeleine Mayhew ’15 bested Helen Bernhard, the younger sister of Co-Captain Adèle Bernhard ’14, from Brooks, in a solid matchup before losing in the finals of the number one division.

After missing last season due to injury, Hannah Burns ’15 returned with full force to win her division. “[The win] gave me a lot of confidence coming back to the courts. Our mindset with the Groton play day was to just see how we matched up against the other teams. It gave us a good warm up for our season and a good idea of where we would stand,” said Burns.

Camille Price ’15 also secured a number two division win for Andover.

Winning two of the divisions combined with solid play from the rest of the squad netted Andover a total of 85 points, enough to take first place with five points over number two Groton.

“The Groton tournament was very exciting and gave our team confidence going into the season, knowing that we would not only come across the teams we faced at Groton again individually, but also at nationals,” said Adèle Bernhard.

With confidence garnered from the Groton win, Girls Squash coasted to a 6-1 win against Brooks on Sunday. Andover’s two through seven ranked players performed well, with the only loss of the day coming from a sister matchup when Helen Bernhard defeated her older sister Adèle Bernhard in a number one matchup.

Adèle Bernhard took the loss with a show of great sportsmanship and grace. “My sister played a very strong and focused game and despite losing to her, I am proud with the way she competed. She is an incredible athlete and Brooks is lucky to have her.”

Andover traveled on Wednesday to MIT to compete against Winsor with a desire to avenge last season’s 5-2 loss. The team was met by an extremely deep and talented Winsor team who handed Andover its first loss of the season in a 7-0 contest.

“It was a frustrating follow-up [to last season’s matchup]. The Winsor team is experienced and deep; their girls covered the court particularly effectively. We were all impressed with their finesse and accuracy,” said Head Coach Jennifer Elliott.

Andover returns to the courts for two days of hard practice under the watchful eye of Head Coach Jennifer Elliott and will play at Loomis against both Loomis and Taft on Saturday.