The final P2P of the decade and the 4th this season was hosted on Saturday 21st December. S2 was the 2nd busiest place in King of Prussia, only behind the Mall, where I’m sure the chaos was on a whole ‘nother level! 7 Divisional titles were up for grabs and could we have a new Series champion after Coaches Sam, Jamie and Lyall Split events #1, #2 and #3. We had several college Alum back for break who were more than up for the challenge, alongside our top U19 and U17 crew. Read on to hear all about it!
A stacked Premier Division saw our 2018/19 Series Champion, Sam, return and desperate to lift his 2nd Championship title of the season. He faced strong competition from the other top 4 seeds; Shaam (current U17 #1), Zach (returning from UPenn) and Tom (Brown Class of 24), alongside John (currently #2 at Wesleyan), Nikhil, Neil and John G. It was barn burners galore, as Tom defeated John G, Sam over Neil, Shaam snuck past John S and Nikhil upset the seeding, taking down Zach. Shaam and Sam then won through to the finals to create a rematch of their P2P #3 showdown. Once again, experience shown through and Sam won 3/1 to lift the title! Shaam is off to lead the US U17 charge at the British Open next week and this was the perfect preparation match before he takes on the worlds best. Sam was inspired by his Nations (Wales) hard fought Bronze Medal at the World Squash Championships in DC and played flawlessly all day to go back to the top of the P2P Rankings after 4 events!
Normally a Premier Division stalwart, Winston drooped down to D2 with all the returning Alum home for the holiday and boy did he step up. After losing his qualifying match to Nikhil, he steamrolled the Division to lift the trophy without dropping a set. Ethan pushed him all the way in the final and almost took it to at least 4, fighting back from 10/3 down to 9/10 and played some great squash as he reached consecutive P2P finals. Third place went to Render, who defeated Ethan Lui in 5 to cap a great day for the Haverford 8th grader.
Omar was our sole Delaware representative stood up for the ‘First State’ and clinched the D3 title. He defeated one of NJ’s hottest prospects, Colten, in a high level final. Colten vs Rubens in the semi final was one of the matches of the day and both boys represented an extremely high standard for U13 and look primed for success moving into the new year.
After watching big brother in the D3 final, Reghan stepped on court for the D4 final looking to go one step further. She fought back in epic fashion to come from 2/0 down and defeat Bella in the semis and everyone wondered whether she’d have anything left in the tank for the final. Luckily, her opponent Brandon, who was on a unprecedented 10 match win streak in P2P’s, had to leave for a flight to Seattle so Reghan kindly agreed and we adjusted the final to a best of 1 game to accommodate! Reghan came out on fire and despite a late comeback from Brandon, Reghan won the shootout and lifted the title and continued to build her extremely impressive resume in the 2019/20 season which already includes a JCT final, US Open quarter and now a P2P title! Well done to Preston who came 3rd and won the Bronze.
Division 5 and Division 6
Both finals topped the shortlist for matches of the day, as; Kevin defeated Sam K, who competed in his first ever P2P to win D5 and Rohith edged out Devin to win D6. 5 games, which included absolutely everything and had the spectators on the edge of their seats from the first point to the last. James and Anya both edged the 3/4 play offs to win the Bronze medal after winning deciding sets against Eric and Peter. Some brilliant squash on show in both these divisions, with participants displaying huge signs of developmental improvement.
Last final, but by no means least, saw Talia face Yuru in an all – female showdown to try and join Reghan as our sole girl champions for P2P #3. Yuru played perfectly and had her tactics to spot on, to lift her first ever P2P title. Well done girls!
We can’t believe we only have 1 more Saturday before the new decade begins, how scary is that! We can’t wait to finish the year in style with 2 weeks of Winter Camps beginning on Monday from 10:00-2:00 daily. The fortnight provides an excellent opportunity to accelerate training over the holiday and we’re excited to get some really good work in. For those of you traveling, travel safe and have a fantastic holiday! I hope Santa is good to everyone and we’re looking forward to catching up over the next few weeks.