Squash Team Faces Uphill Battle
With only his #4, #5, and #7 back from a 2-12 team a year ago, head coach Trevor Rees and the varsity squash team have a long road ahead of them. Those three players – respectively, Robby Kasten ’19, Minjoo Park ’19, and Trip Smith ’21 – will move up the ladder, but that will mean facing even stronger opponents than they did last year. And that will be a tall order.
Joining the team will be a host of newcomers and former j.v players. St. George’s transfer Connor Buettner ’19 leads the group and will move into the #1 spot on the ladder. Others contending for positions on the team include Jack Baltimore ’20, Nathan Boguet ’21, Alan Gu ’20, Daniel Newman ’21, Khoa Pham ’19, and Joe Zhou ’20.
The ever-unflappable Rees, though, understands that match outcomes are only one measure of a team’s success, and he will doubtless find ways to motivate his players, even when they are hopelessly overmatched against teams that carry players with national – and sometimes even world – rankings. “Long after the silver trophy is tarnished,” Rees reflects, philosophically taking the long view, “your reputation is all that is left; we are hoping to build a reputation as consummate sportsmen.”
Last winter, the team moved down a class for the post-season and parlayed that designation into a 4th place finish in the New England Class ‘C’ Tournament. That seems a reasonable quest for the upcoming season as well – that and striving to distinguish themselves as sportsmen, each time they step onto the court.