The boys' and girls' squash teams competed in the 2018 Head U.S. High School Team Squash Championships Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4.
"Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and supportive parents! The EA Squash teams did very well and should be proud," said Director of Squash Demer Holleran.
The boys' varsity won 4th place in Division 1. (But for an extremely close 4-3 loss in the 3/4 playoffs, they would have finished third.)
The team started off the tournament with two wins against Deerfield Academy (6-1) and Noble and Greenough School (4-3). The Churchmen lost in the semi-final round to the eventual tournament champions- The Brunswick School (7-0). In Sunday's 3/4 playoff, the boys' battled against Avon Old Farms (4-3) to finish an impressive 4th place overall.
"The boys' team had a tremendous weekend," said boys' varsity coach J.R. Russell. "Co-captain Giovanni Matarazzo '18 came back from 2-1 and 9-5 down to win in the final match against Noble and Greenough. All of the players were contributors throughout the tournament and helped the team claim a top four finish!"
The girls' varsity team finished in 5th place in Division 1. The girls won in the first round against Sacred Heart Greenwich (6-1). In the quarter finals the team fell to a competitive Lawrenceville School team (5-2). The team then beat Noble and Greenough School (6-1). On Sunday the girls faced Phillips Academy and notched another win (5-2) to win the Classic Plate Final.
"I am really proud of them!" said coach Holleran. "Our last two matches were especially strong. I think the team did a good job supporting each other and generated a lot of team spirit. We were right on the edge of being in the semi-finals. I hope this will motivate everyone as they train in the next 12-months."
The boys' JV notched a 3rd place finish in Division 4. The team won its first two matches against the Westminster School Boys Green team (4-3) and St. Christopher's School (4-3). In the semi-final round EA lost to Episcopal High School (6-1). In the 3/4 playoffs the team beat St. Georges School (6-1).
The JV girls won the Consolation Finals in Division 2. They lost their first match of the tournament to St. Ann's School (6-1) on Friday. On Saturday, the team won two close matches against the Taft School (4-3) and the Groton School (4-3). On Sunday the team was set to take on Phillips Exeter Academy in the Consolation Finals, but the PEA team withdrew.
"Overall it was a fantastic weekend of high school squash," said coach Holleran. "All of our teams played against tough competitors and showed great composure and sportsmanship throughout the tournament."
More than 1,300 players participated in this year's Team Championship tournament. It is the largest squash tournament in the world. Episcopal Academy was one of seven venues in the greater Philadelphia area— that hosted 186 teams from around the nation.
Boys Varsity: Eric Kim, Shaam Gambhir, Declan McCarthy, Giovanni Matarazzo, Tom Hogan, Nikhil Kakarla, Sameer Saxena
Boys' JV: Billy Stavropoulos, Neil Bam, Carson Fisher, Christopher Lo, James Bruder, Ben Castle, Rahul Khullar
Girls' Varsity: Caroline Burt, Lauren Weil, Kristen Weil, Grace Szafara, Caroline Vander, Izzy Lee, Molly Giles, Anna Lee
Girls' JV: Ruth Engelman, Amanda Turner, Ann Elisabeth Rau, Ali McHugh, Paige Croney, Eliza Aldridge, Zoe Pasternack