Charles Innes ’22
Woodberry’s Varsity Squash team took to the road last week with two away matches. The Tigers defeated Wakefield 6-3 and lost to Episcopal 4-5 to move to 7-5 on the season.
The Tiger’s Tuesday match against Wakefield was not in the normal 9v9 style, but was instead played in a tournament style seven man format. The match began with the even numbered seeds and resulted in a slight advantage for the Tigers after wins by Captain Billy Huger and Sixth Former Avery Warmack. Meanwhile, Thomas Griffin played an exhibition match at number eight on the ladder and helped Woodberry to gain a lead for the official league match. Fifth Former Henry Rich’s opponent used hustle and control on the court to give Wakefield their first win of the day at the number two slot. As the rest of the players began their match, the score evened out to three all after losses by underclassmen Charles Innes and Sam Long. Claiborne Van Voorhis’ win at the number seven position tied the match with only the number one player, Eli Drake left to play. Drake’s match with Wakefield’s number one was a fierce competition as each player refused to yield. Truly coming down to the wire in a 5th game, Drake proved victorious and won his final game 11-9.
On Friday, The Tigers traveled to Episcopal High School, determined to defeat their rivals for the second time this season. With all 12 of their players traveling to EHS, the squash team prepared for the difficult match ahead. The Maroon quickly seized their opportunity and won two hardfought matches against Avery Warmack and Billy Huger. 3rd Former Charles Innes played a long match that extended into 5 games, and eventually secured a win for the Tigers. 6th Formers Mariano Corona and Thomas Griffin both dispatched their opponents in three games, giving Woodberry a total of three wins. However, Rich and Sixth Former Jackson Warmack couldn’t prevail against their talented opponents as Episcopal secured their third and fourth wins on the day. With two matches left to go, the Tigers needed to win both matches to secure the victory against the Maroon. Long and Drake each played intense matches, but while the 4th Former Long was able to defeat his opponent in five games, the Maroon won their fifth match at the number one slot.
The Tigers will face a challenge on the road against St. Christopher’s on Tuesday, but they are ready for the rematch. Woodberry will also host the MAST tournament this Saturday at 10:30am. The Tigers are 7-5 on the season.