The Scozzie tribe hauled down to Baltimore this past weekend for the Meadow Mill Athletic Club Gold. Scozzies were in their element playing high tempo squash on the fast courts of the “Charm City”. All the pattern and routine work during the Scozzie squads paid dividends in these speedy conditions, resulting in four semi final spots and some very competitive finishes in the consolation draws.
In the BU13 category, Ethan Lee lost out in a tough five games in the first round but bounced back with some gritty performances to reach the consolation semi final.
The BU15 consisted of lone soldier Arjun Arasappan who had a very competitive tournament and gave his lungs a test with multiple five game matches.
Sameer Saxena, Tom Hogan, and Christian Shah competed hard in the BU17 draw. Sameer had match ball in the quarter final against an eventual finalist and played some very impressive squash throughout. Tom as always pushed himself to the max but came up against tough competition early in the main draw. Christian Shah played very mature squash all tournament and in my opinion was a shining example of mental toughness. He narrowly lost in the quarter final to the 3rd seed, but was able to maintain focus and a high level of squash all weekend. I have to congratulate him on a big step forward in his ability to keep himself in the state of flow and calmness with very few lapses in concentration.
In the GU13, Naomi Jefferson-Sambanis brought herself back from a 2-0 deficit to gain match point in the 5th game but unfortunately lost out in the quarter final. Anika Kakarla’s combination of solid squash, hard work, and smiles, took her to the consolation final where she lost in five games. Good job both.
Jaclyn Dichter upset the 4th seed in the GU15 division by playing an intelligent game, moving her opponent forward and back with effective reverse squash. Jaclyn then went on to lose in the semi final to the No.1 seed who went on to win the tournament. She should be proud of her efforts and with a little work on her consistency will challenge anybody!
The Weil sisters took GU17 by storm. Both cruising to the semi final, Kristen beating the 2 seed in a 11/6 11/3 11/8 masterclass. Both showed great determination in the semis but unfortunately came up short. However, Lauren losing to the eventual winner in four games, and Kristen’s quarter final win, shows that they are both capable of big things this year.
Another Scozzie worth mentioning in the GU17 was Dhivya as she showcased very high levels of strategic thinking all weekend. Dhivya lost to Kristen in the quarter final but was able to force her opponents into her pace and style of play to reach the consolation final. Good job Dhivya!
Last but not least, Abby Dichter placed third in the GU19 event. Abby lost the first two games in the semi final by a margin of two points but brought the match level with good length and nice front court variation. Unfortunately her opponent came out strong in the fifth but Abby showed strong character by taking the 3/4th play-off in three games.
I think the biggest thing to take away for those competing this weekend is to perceive short balls as a way of moving your opponent to the front and creating more opportunities, rather than only seeing it as a way to finish the rally. As a result, we will be able to minimize the amount of unforced errors we hit in future.
I now move on to the PSA event at Meadow Mill beginning this week, where I will try to use all the field research you guys did this weekend to my advantage!
Well done everyone, see you back at the Ranch!