The boys varsity squash team defeated Suffield Academy 4-3 on Saturday, January 25, to open the second half of the season with a big win.
The match started with the even side of the ladder, as senior Marco Wang played in the No. 2 spot, junior Andy Wu at No. 4, and senior Jack Livingstone at No. 6 for the Pelicans. Although Livingstone managed to come up with a first-game win in his match, both Wu and Wang quickly went down 2-0, a start the Pelicans were hoping to avoid. Rallied by his teammates, though, Wu came back in remarkable style, winning the final three games and securing a match point for the Pelicans. Livingstone followed his first game with close losses in the second and third games but was tenacious, ending up with another 3-2 win. Unfortunately, Wang couldn’t close the gap and lost 3-1, meaning the team headed into the next four matches up 2-1.
In the second half of the match, sophomore Taku Nogushi put up a strong fight at the No. 1 spot but ended up bested in three games by a very strong opponent. In the No. 3 match, junior co-captain Azaan Malik used his impressive power to put a lot of pressure on his opponent, keeping him off balance and winning a relatively quick match 3-0, giving the Pelicans a 3-2 overall lead.
In the No. 5 match, junior Garret Fantini fought hard and kept the score close before falling to his opponent 3-2, tying the team match at 3-3.
In the final match of the day, sophomore Nick Sticka put on one of his best performances of the year, polishing off his opponent at the No. 7 spot with a 3-1 victory. His win secured the match for the Pelicans and gave them their first victory of the season.
Up next, the Pelicans take on the Wyverns of Kingswood Oxford in a cross-town rivalry at Kingswood Oxford on Wednesday, January 29, at 2 p.m.