The Kingswood Oxford girls squash team had a strong showing at the HEAD 2017 U.S. High School Team Championships over the weekend, finishing runner-up in the Girls Division IV Tournament.
The Wyverns posted three convincing wins to advance to the Girls Division IV National Championship match where they met the Nichols School and lost a hard fought match by the score of 4-3.
"We played great throughout the weekend, and we really fought hard in each match," Kingswood Oxford coach Andy Carr said. "We were disappointed with the loss in the finals, but I think when we reflect on the weekend we will better understand how well we played. Plus, we had a lot of fun along the way."
In the championship match, Sydney Smith '21 controlled the speed of her match and pulled off a strong 3-1 win. Cami Berckemeyer '19 played great squash, as she patiently ran her opponent in a 3 game win 11-6, 11-9, 14-12. Finally, Faith Pease '17 fell in her first two games 9-11 and 10-12, but then bounced back for an entertaining 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 victory.
"Faith, Cami, and Sydney all played impressive squash this weekend and individually went 4-0. Although we fell just short of the Championship, the Wyverns left the courts proud of being finalists," Carr said.
Julia Goldsmith '17, Ananya Alleyne '19, Cassie T-Pederson '17 and Emma Smith '18 each played tough in the finals against Nichols.
The Wyverns started the tournament with a 7-0 blanking of Friends Central and then won a pair of matches on Saturday. Kingswood Oxford bested BB&N, 5-2, in the quarterfinals and then knocked off St. Andrew's School 6-1 in the semifinals.
"We really didn't know what to expect heading into the weekend, and the team was a bit nervous to start on Friday. As we started playing, you could just see the confidence growing, and we just rolled with the momentum," Carr said.
Nationals are the start of a busy stretch for the Wyverns, who host Loomis Chaffee on Monday and also have matches on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. Kingswood Oxford seems to be peaking at the right time with New Englands set to start on Saturday, February 25.
"The nationals are also a great warm-up for the New England Championships in a couple weeks. We played four matches in three days, and we have another tomorrow," Carr said. "That is tough on the body, but it is what we will do at New England's, so we will now be more physically and mentally prepared."