Milton Squash Heads to Nationals
by The Milton Measure on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Jonah Barrington, considered one of the greatest squash players of all time, once described squash as “boxing with racquets,” as it relates to the one-on-one combat of the sport and physical marathon that each match entails. If you have never been to a squash match, you have missed out on nothing less than a thrilling experience. This year, both Milton’s boys’ and girls’ squash teams are phenomenal, with seedings in the top 8 for the upcoming high school national championships.
Coached by Morgan Poor and Justin Cambira, the boys’ team is currently ranked 7th in the United States. Co-captain, Will McBrian (I), tells the Milton Measure, “This is the best team we’ve had in 20 years.” Although Nationals was postponed due to the snow, Tucker Hamlin (I), the other co-captain emphasized the team’s excitement. “The team is fired up going into nationals as we have not lost a match and look to place in the top 8 in the country. We have all worked really hard and it has been great to see all that work paying off throughout this season.” The boys will most likely face the 10th seed, Horace Mann School from New York, in the first round of the nationals.
The girls’ squash team is currently ranked 8th in the country under the unfailing leadership of captains Lillie Simourian (I) and Charlotte Ross (I). Standout player, Charlotte Zonis (III), just recently won her match versus Brooks 3-0 to clinch a tight 4-3 win at Brooks on Saturday February 2nd. The girls’ only loss this season came against Deerfield, a team that is consistently a legitimate national title contender. Zonis speaks to the depth of her team, “It is unusual to have such a strong lineup so the team has the potential to perform well at nationals. I am so excited to see the outcome of all of our hard work and effort throughout the season.” The Mustangs will probably be pitted against St. Ann’s School from New York, the 9th seed, at U.S. High School Nationals. Lydia Emerson, a senior leader on the team tells TMM, “This year we have an awesome team dynamic, which can sometimes be tough for squash teams because of the individual aspect of the game and we love each other so much.”
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