This season, the boys varsity squash has been focusing on improving their skills and doing their best in matches. With a record of 4-5, the team has had a solid season this year.
The transition from last season to this season has been a little challenging, as the team lost nine seniors. “This is definitely a rebuilding year because of the seniors we lost,” sophomore Jack Krieble said. “However, this year we worked hard to improve in all areas of the game.” One of the biggest improvements the team has seen is in their team chemistry. “Off the court, we’re a lot more comfortable with each other,” Krieble said. “Everyone gives advice to one another, which we really didn’t do at the beginning of the season.”
Additionally, the team has been seeing improvements on the court. “The improvement I’ve seen between all of our players has been incredible,” senior Captain Will Jacobs said. “Within the four months that we’ve been practicing and playing, I’ve seen incredible growth from everybody.”
Recently the team traveled to the Portsmouth Abbey School to compete in New England Championships. New Englands was more of an individual-based tournament; each player played against other players who were the same number on the ladder. Overall the team placed seventh; however, everyone did well and played hard.
After New Englands, the team traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the U.S. High School Squash Championships. The team played in the fifth division where they placed third out of 14. The team competed against Canisius High School, Brookline, and Friends Central. KO took the win against Canisius High School and Friends Central but fell short to Brookline. “Nationals was a fun time and good experience,” sophomore Moh Palanki said. “We got to play schools that we have never played before and did well against them. It was also a lot of fun hanging out with the team.”
Looking ahead to next season there will be a mix of new and experienced players. “Next year is going to be a really cool year because we’ll have some experienced players and newer players,” Jacobs said. “I think that the dynamic where the older players will help the younger players get into the swing of things is really nice,” he said.
Congratulations to the boys varsity squash team on a successful season.