By Charles Innes ’22
Varsity squash traveled to Mercersburg Academy on Friday, December 13, to compete in the annual Flanagan Tournament. The 2-2 Tigers headed into the tournament unsure of how they would perform. But, Woodberry’s squash team not only improved from their showing at the previous Flanagan Tournament but also took home the second place trophy.
On Friday afternoon, the Tigers faced Mercersburg Academy. In previous years, Woodberry has struggled to defeat Mercersburg on the squash court, but this year was different. In a dominant showing, the Tigers defeated Mercersburg 8-1, with the only loss coming after a resilient opponent refused to wield in a hard-fought match by Luke Edwards ‘20. The entire team played well, and thanks to the strong effort after a long bus ride, Woodberry advanced to the next round of the tournament.
Saturday morning in the semi-finals, the Tigers played Canisius High School, an opponent Woodberry narrowly defeated last year. One Canisius player battled and managed to defeat co-captain Eli Drake ‘20, but the rest of the Tigers performed admirably, defeating Canisius by the same 8-1 margin as their earlier match. The strong showing by the Tigers advanced them onto the finals of the tournament, where they play Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a skilled team from St. Louis, Missouri.
The Tigers knew this would be their toughest match yet, as MICDS had defeated them a year ago. The competition was intense, but after many hard-fought matches, the Tigers lost 1-8. The sole win of the match came from Graham Roberts ‘23, who battled back after losing the first game to win 3-1. Of the matches the Tigers lost, half of them went to 5 games, with MICDS earning a narrow 3-2 victory over Edwards, Sam Long ‘21, Nick Reynolds ‘22, and Charles Innes ‘22.
Although the Woodberry varsity squash team lost to a talented MICDS team, the Tigers secured a second-place finish in the Flanagan Tournament and brought a trophy back to Woodberry. The Tigers finish 2019 with a record of 4-3 and will be back in action on Tuesday, January 7, vs Wakefield School.