Andover Girls Squash shut out Tabor 7-0 on Wednesday, bouncing back from a tough loss to a competitive Milton team in a scrimmage on Saturday.
The sound victory left the team feeling more confident going in to the rest of the season.
“The girls played clean, aggressive and smart squash all the way down the line. The match provided an excellent opportunity for our team to shake off nervous energy, practice their short games and refine their depth,” said Head Coach Jennifer Elliott.
The team swept the scoreboard, each player winning 3-0 against her opponent. Captain Madeleine Mayhew ’15 dominated the court at top seed, winning 11-2 in the first game, 11-4 in the second and 11-3 to finish the third.
Camille Price ’15, seeded second, rallied her opponent 11-1, 11-3 and 11-1, and Hannah Burns ’15, at third seed, finished off her match 11-5, 11-2 and 11-1. The rest of the players followed this lead, coming up victorious as well.
“It was a nice way to start the official season. It was a good confidence booster before going into tougher matches this season. We are looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully this win is the first of many,” said Claire Kister ’16.
Although the team lost last year’s Co-Captain Adèle Bernhard ’14 and Misha Hooda ’14, the talented pool of returning players, with their impeccable dedication to each other and leadership that reaches beyond the squash courts, will undoubtedly bring the team to success.
Mayhew will be leading the team this winter for her second year as captain. Alongside Mayhew, returning players Price, Burns, Kister and Emma Crowe ’15 will be taking the number two through five spots on the ladder to kick off the season.
“Our returning players are experienced, enthusiastic and aggressive, and we are so lucky to have the dedicated leadership of our Captain Mayhew,” continued Elliott.
The team welcomes three new players, including two Juniors, to take the remaining spots on the ladder: Zoe Oasis ’17, Avery Westerfield ’18 and Jennifer Lee ’18.The underclassmen show great potential, and, under the leadership of the returning players, they will be important assets to the Varsity team.
Andover has improved its record for the past five years now, and it hopes that this season will be no exception. Last year, the team won the 2014 US High School Division II National Championships, rivaling some of the greatest high school teams in the nation. This season, the team will strive to defend its title.
Andover will make its way to Connecticut for a matchup against Groton this coming Saturday, looking to build upon its upward momentum.