UPDATE: Kicking off play with a win, the girls 1st team defeated Greenwich Academy's JV team on Friday 7-0 and moved onto the quarter finals. The squad fell to Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (3-4) in the quarters and then to the Windsor School (2-5) on Saturday, but ended the tournament on Sunday with a decisive 7-0 win against Rye Country Day School, No. 1 seed of Division III, to earn 7th place. "Brooks girls played very competitive squash," said coach Kihak Nam, "They never gave any easy matches to their opponents."
After falling to St. Paul's School (2-5) on Friday, the boys 1st team were edged out by Brunswick School's Varsity B team (3-4) that afternoon as well, but seized victory from Pingry 4-3 the following day. The squad ended the tournament with a win as well, defeating the Gilman School 4-3 to clinch 13th place in Division I. Congratulations to all!
It's a big weekend for Brooks squash, with the boys and girls 1st teams participating in the 2018 HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships in Philadelphia.
The squads departed campus Thursday afternoon in preparation for the three-day tournament, held at seven different locations around the city, which will see 16 of Brooks players competing against the best in their sport.
Seeded No. 3 out of 16 teams in the third division, Brooks' girls team is ready to test themselves. "This will be a great opportunity for our girls to compete against 15 other schools in our draw, who are not in our league," said coach Kihak Nam '99 of the team, set to face off against Greenwich Academy Friday afternoon. "Every school we play will be as strong, and the girls will get a lot of intense squash time!"
Brooks' boys team, currently ranked 12th in the country, qualified for division I – an accomplishment in itself, said head coach Doug Burbank P'11, noting that it is only the third time in the tournament's 14-year history that Brooks has done so.
"This is one of the most talented teams I have ever coached in my time at Brooks," he said. "Our best finish was two years ago when we finished 11th. Four of the current players were on that team: #1 co-captain Aly Abou Eleinen '18, #3 Delancey McFadden '18, #4 Max Fern and #5 co-captain Ishaan George '18."
The competition at Nationals "makes for a thrilling weekend," said Burbank, though the squad fell to St. Paul's School – 2 matches to 5 – on Friday. "We are extremely fortunate that our sport has a National team tournament and more importantly that we have the full support of the school to participate each year," he noted. "The format of this tournament makes it much more of a team event than the New England tournament format, because teams come from all over the country...[and] include public and private schools teams."
Even after the tournament, the fun will continue with the boys team competing in the A division of the New England tournament at the end of the season. Until then, visit Brooks' Athletics Twitter @AthleticsBrooks to get updates about the action this weekend.
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