Charles Innes ’22
Woodberry’s Varsity Squash team wrapped up their season at the Individual Mid Atlantic Squash Tournament this past Saturday. The Tigers finished 9-7 in league play and 9-9 on the season.
Varsity Squash started off the season strong advancing to 5-2 after an impressive win against Episcopal High School for the first time in nine years. However, the Tigers’ record declined after a poor performance at the Flanagan tournament in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. As the season continued Woodberry traded wins and losses and eventually finished with an even .500 win percentage.
This past week, the team traveled to Charlottesville to face off against St. Anne’s Belfield. After originally being cancelled, the match was rescheduled and the Tigers were ready. Strong performances from sixth formers Avery Warmack and Thomas Griffin along with third former Charles Innes set the Tigers out on an early lead. However, STAB soon challenged the Tigers with wins against Corona, Van Voorhis, and Long. The Tigers swept the remaining matches after comeback wins by sixth former Billy Huger and fifth formers Henry Rich and Eli Drake. After winning their match with a final score of 6-3, the Tigers prepared for Individuals.
Woodberry attended the MAST Individuals on Saturday. After waking up bright and early, six of the twelve Tigers prepared for their matches. Since the format of this tournament was altered to only including seven players per team, Woodberry forfeited the number one flight and brought Rich, Huger, Corona, Innes, Sam Long, and Griffin, playing slots 2-7 respectively. The day began with Huger and Innes competing in early matches, while Griffin and Long obtained a first round bye. Huger and Innes quickly dispatched their opponents in two 3-0 victories. Corona and Rich also took to the courts soon after. Corona managed to secure a 3-0 victory, but the challenging number two flight proved difficult for Rich. Nearly all of the Tigers advanced to the second round where some found success and others difficulty. Rich once again faced a tough opponent in the consolation round and lost in a tough match. Corona and Innes each stretched their matches out to five long games, but failed to defeat their opponents. Huger and Long each faced tough opponents and also lost. Griffin prevailed in the number 7 flight and advanced to the championship. Rich took to the court one last time and defeated his opponent to secure fifth place. Huger and Long were once again defeated and each ended in fourth place. Corona and Innes both won their last game to claim third in their brackets. Finally, Griffin began his championship match. After a rough start Griffin was down 0-2. Fighting hard and never backing down, Griffin clawed his way back into the match. The score was 2-2. The final game was on the line, and Griffin persevered to win his flight.
The Tigers end their season and thank the five seniors playing on the team. Jackson Warmack, Avery Warmack, Mariano Corona, Billy Huger, and Thomas Griffin were all vital parts of the team, and they will be missed next year. The team dedicated their season to Mr. Reimers, who coached his last year of squash.