Girls Undefeated at Tabor

Tirelessly battling her way from a 0-2 deficit, Reagan Posorske ’17 kept her Tabor opponent at bay to ultimately claim her first win of the season in a grueling 5-3 match. “I was really excited after today and proud of myself,” said Posorske. “I felt so much support from my teammates and there was so much positive energy afterwards and during my match.” After going 1-1 on Saturday in its second “Play Day” Tournament at Taft, Andover Girls Squash returned to the courts with a vengeance on Wednesday, decisively shutting Tabor out with a combined JV-Varsity score of 19-0 in which not a single Andover player lost. Other than Posorske, all the girls on Varsity swept their matches 3-0. “We just really performed today,” said Co-Captain Madeleine Mayhew ’15. “From the first point to the last point, everyone was ready on the ‘T’ to be aggressive.” The team’s success was a product of grueling practice early on in the week after its doubleheader against Loomis and Taft over the weekend. Against Loomis, Andover started on a high note and easily dominated across the ladder 7-0. “One of the goals Coach [Jennifer] Elliott presented to us before our matches was to be present from the very first point and hit the ground running so as not to allow our opponents any leeway,” said Camille Price ’15. “It was striking how the team translated some of the more difficult strategies we’ve been practicing into the match situation.” Price successfully occupied the “T” throughout the match, giving her opponent very little recovery time. Susan Yun ’17 pulled through in an extremely competitive five-set match as well. Against Taft, however, Andover lost its momentum and lost 1-6. Mayhew, who played number two, came out as the only victorious player in the match with her “best squash of the season,” according to Coach Elliott. “My match was so exciting. I had played [my opponent] Maggie several times before, and this was the first time I beat her. I was aggressively pushed up in the court and dominated with hard low cross courts and volley kills,” said Mayhew. Despite the lopsided score, almost all of the seven matches were tightly contested. Emma Crowe ’15 at number five and Claire Kister ’16 at number six both played close matches, each falling in four tight games. Using the loss as motivation, the team has trained especially hard in practice and has emphasized fitness and mobility in its revamped style of play. With a record of 4-2, Andover hopes to continue its success this weekend against archrival Exeter at home on Saturday.