Boys and Girls Squash Shine at Nationals

The Girls and Boys Varsity Squash teams traveled to central Connecticut to compete in the 2019 United States Head High School Team Squash Championships.

The Girls and Boys Varsity Squash teams traveled to central Connecticut to compete in the 2019 United States Head High School Team Squash Championships. Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Avon Old Farms School, Loomis Chaffee School, Suffield Academy, and Westminster School opened their courts for matches. 207 teams from around the country were sorted into 14 divisions—eight for boys and six for girls. Each team brought seven athletes, resulting in the world’s largest squash tournament of more than 1,400 players.

The girls team competed in Division I but lost its first match against Greenwich Academy by 4-3, taking Lawrenceville out of the main draw. Notable performances included those by Co-Captain Brittany Sun ’19 (No. 1), Isabel Paine ’20 (No. 3), and Co-Captain Ellie Hopkins ’19 (No. 7), each of whom won their match in three games. Additionally, Isabelle Tilney-Sandberg ’21 (No. 4) fought hard for her match but lost the fifth and final game by a devastating two-point margin.

Friday night, the girls team won against The Pingry School 5-0. Ivy Zhang ’19 (No. 5), Mia Mahfood ’20 (No. 6), and Hopkins won their individual matches 3-0, Zhang with three scores of 11-6. When Paine was tied with her opponent 1-1 in games, the Pingry player sprained her knee, resulting in a default win for Paine. Because the team was up 5-0 at that point, Head Coach Narelle Krizek made the decision to default the final two matches, which would have been played by Sun and Tilney-Sandberg.

The girls team won 6-1 in its final match against St. Paul’s School, pushing the team to 9th in the country. Margo Mancuso ’20 (No. 2) won her individual match in five games. Reflecting on the tournament, Sun said, “This year’s nationals was definitely a bittersweet experience, as this was my fourth and final one [...] I’m very happy and proud of how we played and fought for every match.”

The boys team competed in Division II, winning its first match against The Potomac School 5-2. Co-Captain Raghav Pemmireddy ’19 (No. 1) won his match in three games, while Hamza Mian ’21 (No. 2), Co-Captain Christian Bae ’20 (No. 3), and Haaris Mian ’19 (No. 5) each came out on top after their five-game matches.

The team’s second match of the tournament was lost 1-7 against Hopkins School. The single win by the Big Red team came from Pemmireddy, who again won in three games. Notable performances also included those by Bae and Mian, who fought hard but lost in the fifth games. This loss moved the team out of the main bracket.

The team’s next match was played against Harriton-Lower Merion School. The boys team overall won in a close match of 4-3, in which Bae, Mian, and Andrew Tokarski ’20 (No. 7) each won in three games. Lawrenceville boys’ final match against Noble and Greenough School was an loss with a final score of 4-3. This placed the boys team at sixth in its division.

Looking forward to next week, both teams will be competing in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association (MASA) Regional High School Team Championships and the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Squash Tournaments.

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