After a hard backhand rail that forced his opponent to hit a crosscourt lob, Jack Lee ’20 gently dropped the ball into the opposite corner, securing the only victory for Andover Boys Squash in a tough match against Deerfield. After the 6-1 loss, the team’s record now stands at 2-3.
Captain David Tsai ’18 said, “Our one win came from Jack Lee, whose calm and consistent playing style allowed him to handle his opponent with ease.”
Across the ladder, the boys struggled to maintain focus and consistency at the beginning of their respective matches.
Sean Kim ’18 said, “A lot of us had a bad start. Then we improved as the game went on and started playing well towards the third game.”
“Xander [Schwartz ’19], David, and I all had close third games, and if we played that way from the beginning, results could have been different. We need to learn how to handle a long bus ride and play 100 percent from the first point,” continued Kim.
First seed Alex Bernhard ’19 commented on the challenges the team faced with having to travel far for its match.
Bernhard said, “We played mediocre. I think the long bus ride affected how consistent our squash was. I hope we can learn to play good squash even when the other team is better.”
Despite its loss, the team still feels confident in its potential to improve.
Tsai said, “I have seen drastic improvement in several guys after a long break. These boys put in the work over break — time on court that will pay off later in the season. Everyone has things to work on and as a program, we can never stop being hungry.”
The team looks forward to playing Groton on Friday and Middlesex on Saturday.
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