A picture tells a thousand words… and squash is no exception… you can check the photos from Ohio out in two ways… our Scozzie Instagram Story ARCHIVE, (if you’re not sure what the story archive is.. don’t be afraid to ask!!) … or the Facebook SCOZZIESQUASHACADEMY Page! Now, check out the reportage below from Coach Jason!
Scozzie took the first Philly area tournament of the season by storm, with a cohort of veterans as well as a handful of first-time tournament players electing to kick off their ’18-’19 campaigns at EA this past weekend.
Whether playing with an eye on the title or only just starting out and looking to earn some valuable experience and rankings points, our Scozzies did not disappoint – of the 23 boys and girls flying the Scozzie flag, 17 met or exceeded their seeding and 13 recorded their best ever finish for a silver in their respective age division. A whopping 15 quarterfinalists became 5 semifinalists, 3 finalists, and one champion in Brandon Bin, straight out of Nick City, Tennessee because his nicks are the only 10 I see! (*Thanks Coach LP for the inspiration on that one…)
And what a tournament it was for the star of the show – looking to improve on a third place and two second place finishes at the end of last season, Brandon entered this weekend as the top-seeded player for the first time. Unfazed by the pressure of the role, Brandon rolled through to the title without dropping a game and conceded only 38 points all weekend. Great job, Brandon!
Our Scozzies did their part to stir the pot in GU13 as Bella comfortably knocked off the 2 seed in straight sets en route to her first-ever final. In similar fashion, Henriette, playing in her first tournament, took down a 5/8 seed in 3 games and came within a breath of taking out the 4 seed, ultimately going down in a heartbreaking 17-19 in game 5. Some absolutely fantastic squash from both girls and the coaches are looking forward to seeing what’s to come next!
The BU13 division ran quite deep, and our Scozzies did well with the hand they were dealt – Aru progressed through to the semifinal before coming up against the eventual winner. Alec, the marathon man, pushed the #2 seed for 45 minutes in a valiant effort in his quarterfinal through three tiebreaks but ultimately fell short 12-14 in the 5th. Also deserving recognition are Kevin, Grant, and Ronak – three extremely hard-working Scozzies who exceeded their seedings in their highest-ever BU13 Silver finishes.
Shaking up the GU15 division on her path to the final was Shivani – playing in just her second tournament, she hung tough in a 5-game quarterfinal over the #4 seed and cruised through a 3-game semifinal victory over the #1 seed to reach her first final appearance. Sadly that fortune would not carry through to the final, going down in 4 hard-fought sets. An admirable performance and a huge step in the right direction – congratulations Shiv!
An honorable mention goes out to Sean in the BU19 division – playing up an age division, Sean was faced with the challenge of a 5.31-rated opponent from Colombia in the quarterfinal. Making the best of a tough draw, Sean worked through the consolation draw where he eventually came up against fellow Scozzie Corey in a closely-contested final.
Similarly, a shout out to siblings Isabelle and Matthew – hanging tough and collecting a good handful of wins through their respective back-draws. A second-ever tournament for both but the signs of improvement are already showing, and we head back to training with a clear agenda before the next competition – keep up the hard work!
In all, a hectic but fantastic weekend of squash at EA. Great results for many and certainly another solid rep in the bank for all who competed as we enter the thick of the season with the Princeton Gold, GCC Bronze, and Shipley Silver just on the horizon.