A weekend sweep in Virginia has the Varsity Squash team dreaming big as they head into the playoffs. The team traveled to the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, VA to take on Wakefield School (The Plains, VA), St. Anne's-Belfield, aka STAB (Charlottesville, VA), and MIAA opponent Loyola-Blakefield. Jack Corkum ’20 led the Quakes during a weekend that would see the team drop only four matches. By the tournament’s end, Friends had defeated Wakefield, 8-1, STAB, 7- 2, and Loyola-Blakefield, 6-1, moving them to 4th place in the MIAA with an 8-6 (conference), 11-6 (overall) record.
The team’s growth is evident, not only from last year’s 6- 8 record but throughout the 2018-19 season, according to coach (and Upper School science teacher) Christopher Newton. The Quakers opened the season with two consecutive 0-7 losses to St. Paul’s and McDonogh only to clinch the next 10 contests, bringing their record to 8-2. When a more confident Friends team on Senior Day faced McDonogh for a season rematch, the Quakes narrowed its loss to 3-4, a considerable improvement.
The team next travels to Connecticut for the National High School Squash Championships on February 1, where nine Quakers, including Jack Bradbury ’20, Jack Corkum ’20, Sam Haas ’19, Milo Pavlovich ’20, Zachary Raynes ’20, Eli Sherbakov ’20, Harrison Vincent ’19, Nick von Schnell ’20
, and Andrew Zejmis ’20
, will compete before heading to the MIAA team championships on February 5 at Meadow Mill Athletic Club, where they will take on Boys Latin. BL and the Quakes split their two meetings this season.
Once the team championships have completed look for Friends’ players in the MIAA individual championships, February 11-13, at Meadow Mill Athletic Club.
It’s cold outside but the action’s going to be hot on the courts. We hope to see you there.