Same Scores, Opposite Sides: Andover Wins One, Loses One

Down 11-12 in the set and facing the possibility of playing a fifth game, newcomer Reagan Posorske ’17 drove a deep rail shot into the corner to tie the set at 12 apiece. With momentum on her side, Posorske locked down the next two points to seal her match victory, one of six as Andover Girls Squash defeated Brooks 6-1 on Friday.

Hannah Burns ’15 and Claire Kister ’16 kicked off the team’s match with two quick 3-0 wins. Camille Price ’15 added to the victories with a clean sweep of her own.

Up 3-0, Andover turned to Posorske for its fourth point of the night. After dropping the first game 8-11, Posorske sought advice from her teammates to help her adjust her strategy.

“Coming onto the court, I was definitely intimidated because she was so tall. I lost that first game due to nervousness,” said Posorske. “Fortunately, I have amazing teammates who told me to just relax and play the traditional straight rail deep.”

With a new plan, Posorske reversed the scoreboard with an 11-8 win to the match at one game apiece. Posorske then utilized her powerful serve and momentum to pick up the third game at 11-8 as well.

“[During the second match,] I figured out that her weakness was indeed returning those deep rails [as my teammates had told me],” said Posorske.

Posorske went on the win the match with a 14-12 victory in the fourth game.

With the match already clinched, Misha Hooda ’14 won at the four position before Co-Captain Madeleine Mayhew ’15 suffered the lone loss for Andover at the two position. Mayhew dropped a four-game set to Co-Captain Adele Bernhard ’14’s younger sister Helen Bernhard.

“Helen is always a challenging opponent, and I love playing her,” said Mayhew. “Our styles really compliment each other, and in the past we’ve gone back and forth.”

Co-Captain Adèle Bernhard ’14 took home a victory at the one spot in five games.

“I was so proud of Adèle: her match was very intense and exciting, and her ability to stay focused was remarkable,” said Mayhew.

Andover could not carry its momentum from its match against Brooks as the team fell to Nobles 6-1 on Saturday.

The sole win of the day for Andover came from Claire Kister ’16 in a four-game match at the six position.

Andover will head to the 2014 U.S. High School Team Squash Championships in Philadelphia on Friday.

“Nationals were canceled last year due to snow, so as a team, we are excited to return and hopefully do better than we did my freshmen year. We are projected to win Division II, which would be a success for our program,” said Mayhew.