Charles Innes ’22
Woodberry’s Varsity Squash hosted five teams at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Squash Tournament this past Saturday. St. Anne’s Belfield, St. Christophers, Potomac High School, Episcopal High School, and Wakefield School all attended.
The tournament began bright and early Saturday morning. After cancellations by Mercersburg Academy and Gonzaga College High School, the bracketed format was changed to a system of pools. The Tigers faced off against Potomac and STAB in their pool, while the remaining teams competed against each other. Woodberry started strongly in the morning with an 8-1 win against St. Anne’s. Fifth Former Henry Rich fought an intense match that came down to the wire, but his opponent refused to give in, thus claiming St. Anne’s only win. Following their win, the Tigers faced an extreme challenge against Potomac. Potomac swept the match winning 9-0, proving their skill as a nearly undefeated team. Meanwhile, Episcopal High School was victorious in their own matches, leaving a strong St. Christopher’s team in second place. As the third place finishers in their respective pools, St. Anne’s Belfield defeated Wakefield School for fifth place. The Tigers faced a tough challenge once again as they played St. Christopher’s, whom had defeated Woodberry 7-2 earlier that week. The Tigers fought hard, and although they improved the match score by one, St. Chris earned the third place title at the tournament. Sixth Formers Avery Warmack and Thomas Griffin both won their matches, along with a win by Rich to make the final score 6-3. In the championship match, Potomac beat Episcopal 9-0 to claim first place in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Squash Tournament.
The Tigers hit the road once again on Tuesday against Potomac High School. Woodberry looks to secure a winning record as they are 8-8 on the season with three matches and the MAST Individual Tournament left to play.