St. Andrew's boys and girls squash teams finished off their 2016-17 seasons with exciting performances at the U.S. High School Team Squash Championships, hosted by US Squash in central Connecticut this past weekend. The tournament is the largest squash tournament in the world, and involves close to 1500 players on 105 boys teams and 76 girls teams.
Competing in Division IV, the SAS girls team advanced past a strong performance from the SquashHaven (an after-school squash program for teenagers in New Haven, CT), topping their JV team 4-3. In the next round, the Saints faced the top seed in their division: Spence School, hailing from New York, NY. Isabelle Tuveson '17 , Sarah Pinto '17, and Hanna Soulati '18 all earned wins in five games to advance the Saints past Spence into the semi-finals. In the semis, Kingswood Oxford, from Hartford, CT, would prove to be too tough a competitor, but SAS did not bow out without a fight. Isabelle Tuveson earned another win, while Annie Roach '18, Noelle Yoo '18, and Sarah Pinto '17 all lost close matches.
The boys were placed in Division V, and first squared off against Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day (MICDS) from St. Louis, MO. Mac Nicholson '18 earned the deciding victory at the #1 position to advance the Saints into the quarterfinals by the score of 4-3. Next up: Brookline High from the Boston area. St. Andrew's cruised to a 5-2 victory over Brookline, thanks in part from a great five game win from Lawrence Phillips '18. The Saints then squared off against New Canaan High School from New Canaan, CT in the semifinals, and earned another 5-2 win thanks to more strong performances from Andrew McArthur '18, Rhys Williams '19, and Lawrence Phillips, who all went 3-0 on the weekend. Graham Nielsen '18 and Finlay Turnbull '19 both went 2-1 in the three matches. Unfortunately, the Taft JV team defaulted in the finals match on account of the bad winter weather passing through the area over the weekend, giving St. Andrew's the division championship.
"I'm extremely proud of both teams' performances this weekend," said Head Coach Taylor Foehl. "The girls have worked hard all year and that paid off with two exciting wins against tough teams, and one loss that could have gone either way. The boys are a young group with a lot of potential, and it was great to see them finish the season so strongly. I'm already excited for next season!"