By Nina Miller '19
Squash has had a very productive season so far. We were lucky enough not to have lost any seniors last year, so we started out with a strong team dynamic from day one. We had a record number of people trying out for squash, revealing the great growth of the program in its mere fifth year since being founded at NCS. Freshmen Katrina Merva and Reina Chiang joined the team, adding impressive skill. We started the season with a strong 11-0 win over Stone Ridge at our home courts, Squash on Fire, with nearly all of the matches being 3-0 wins. We spent our three weeks before break getting into a good routine with our new head coach, Margaret Gerety, and our returning assistant coaches Amir Wagih and Anna Kimberly. On Mondays we would do drill stations and circuit work, Tuesdays were focused on zone games and rallies, challenge matches would span the length of Wednesday practice in preparation for our Thursday matches. Fridays were designated for things we wanted to improve on in the wake of our matches, and about four players would go to the weight room to train with Coach Berry. We had two hard-fought battles against Potomac and Episcopal, which resulted in 2-7 and 1-8 losses, respectively. We went into winter break determined to come back stronger. Unfortunately, Coach Amir returned to Egypt over the break to coach the national team, which saddened us all. We finally got back into a grove after exams ended, and had a strong 11-1 win over Stone Ridge.
On January 26th, the team headed up to Episcopal for the Mid-Atlantic Squash Open. We played very close matches against Mercersburg and Potomac, each of them having multiple 3-2 match scores, but unfortunately resulted in losses. However, the improvement we saw was great, as we only lost 4-5 to Potomac, drastically different from our 2-7 loss at the beginning of the season. We had our team dinner afterwards, which was a great time for bonding and gossip. We are in the midst of preparing for the regional independent tournament hosted by Episcopal on the day of Winfo. Two of our players, Sienna Waldman ‘20 and Sofia Arseniev ‘21, placed last year, and we are all excited to see how we have improved in the last year as we enter the end of the season.