On the weekend of January 19th – 21st, the Mission Squash boys & girls teams had a successful trip to the Middle School Nationals. Both teams had the opportunity to compete against some of the best players from the Northeast. The girls had the opportunity to play against the Sacred Heart (rank 2nd nationally), Shipley, Greenwich Academy, and the Calvert team. While our boy’s team competed against Belmont Hill (rank 17th nationally), Greenwich Eastern, and Princeton Day School. Our very own Captain Nicole Smith had the opportunity to challenge the GU13 U.S Open Squash Champion on the all-glass court at Yale. Nicole rose up to the occasion and pushed the current U.S Champion to her limits, eventually dropping the match. Nicole continues to grow as a player and is a pleasure to watch on the court. On the boys’ side, Captain Tyler Hernandez held his own, his highlight of the weekend came on Sunday morning when he went head-to-head with Princeton Day School’s top player. Tyler showed maturity and discipline, we look forward to continuing to see him grow as a player.
While in Connecticut Mission Squash teams visited two private high schools, Miss Porter’s school and squash powerhouse Avon Old Farms (rank 2nd nationally). The teams were able to get tours and attend the squash practices, while also having the opportunity to talk to the players and coaches.
Overall the Mission Squash Girls’ team place 15th in Division and Mission Squash Boys’ team placed 11th in Division 2.