Kingswood Oxford varsity girls squash standout Isabel Berckemeyer ’21 is the Wyvern of the Week.
Berckemeyer led the Wyverns with a third-place finish at No. 4 singles at the New England Class B Squash Championships over the weekend.
New Englands started well for Berckemeyer as she won both of her matches on the opening day. She lost her first match on day two, but battled back to finish third overall, the best showing for any Wyvern.
“This year I played very well at New Englands,” Berckemeyer said. “My first day of matches was my strongest and I won both. The second day I went into my matches with the same intentions as the first and lost my first match but battled through every point. Losing this match meant I would either place 3rd or 4th depending on the outcome of my next match. So, I shook off the results of my first match and went into my consolation match with a fresh start and won.”
Last season Berckemeyer finished sixth in the New England tournament, also playing at No. 4. A year older, wiser and more experiences, she was able to improve this time around.
“This season my mental game was much stronger and improved tremendously,” Berckemeyer said. “In squash, it is very easy to get in your head and throughout all of my matches, I made sure to maintain a positive attitude even if I was losing. Additionally, I went into all of my matches this year with the intent that I would try my best and be proud of the outcome if it was a victory or a loss.”
A squash player for just four years, Berckemeyer’s best years are ahead of her and she has already taken so much out of being involved in the sport.
“My favorite part about squash is the fact that it is an individual sport and it allows you to focus on yourself more,” Berckemeyer said. “It has also strengthened me so much more as a person off of the court and forced me to always be positive and satisfied with myself.”
Time out With Isabel:
Favorite athlete: Serena Williams
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite Sport Other than Squash: Soccer
Pre Match Pump Up Song: "Stronger" by Kanye West
Favorite Meal: Chicken Parmesan
Last Movie You Saw: Green Book