Despite tough losses, boys squash hopes for post-season success

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Boys squash is off to a rough start this season with a 1-6 record but the team is looking to improve going into the end of the season.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the boys squash team traveled to Westminster School where they lost 2-5.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Wyverns beat Portsmouth Abbey School in a close 4-3 match. This marked the squash team’s first win of the season, and it happened in exciting fashion.

“Everyone on the team played hard and fought for extra points,” senior Eryk Jones said. Wins in this match included junior Matt Marottolo, sophomore Henry Krieble, freshman Teddy Keegan, and senior Sam Mazo.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the team traveled to Choate Rosemary Hall to face off against both Choate and Avon Old Farms, but unfortunately the Wyverns were  unable to win a match, losing to both Choate and AOF 7-0.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Wyverns played host to Kent School where they were missing four crucial players, and unfortunately the team couldn’t pull out a win and lost 7-0.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, KO traveled to Loomis Chaffee School where they faced a very talented opponent, and lost 7-0.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Wyverns hosted Millbrook School where they lost in a close 4-3 match. This was a hard fought match that came down to the wire for the Wyverns, but unfortunately the injury of Mazo during his match made it difficult to recover.

Senior Captain Aidan Shea expressed how it is difficult to get wins because of the level of competition that the Wyverns face on a match-to-match basis. “It’s so hard for us because we play boarding schools,” Shea said. Since KO is facing many schools that heavily recruit during the regular season, they often find themselves in tough matches.

Despite the fact that the competition tends to be more skilled, that hasn’t stopped the KO team from working hard.

“We’ve done well at improving the fundamentals of our game so we can bring our playing to the next level,” Marottolo said.

Shea also added that this is one of the hardest working teams he has ever played on.

Shea also said that the team has great chemistry. “We get along really well with each other,” Shea said.

Marottolo added that this season the team has really come together and supported each other despite adversity.

Both Shea and Marottolo are hoping to overcome this rough patch and finish this season strong. “We hope to get a few more wins,” Shea said.

Marottolo was more ambitious and spoke about how he was hoping to win the New England Championship.

“One goal we have this season is to win New England’s,” Marottolo said. “We’ve come within one point within the last couple of years and want to finish it off this time.”

The boys squash team mainly plays Class A schools during the regular season’ however, they play in the Class C New England Championship.

The team is hoping that its experience in tough matches will help them win the trophy they’ve been so close to obtaining in the recent years.

Even though the Wyverns haven’t compiled many wins this season, they still show tremendous improvement that will hopefully propel them to success in the future.

“We were rebuilding last year and now we are a stronger team and more successful,” junior James Ravelese said.