Boys’ V Squash Posts Thrilling Win Over Episcopal
Alex Lorenzo ’20 fought back from a 9-6 deficit in the fifth and deciding set to help Mercersburg's boys’ varsity squash team end a long drought in dramatic fashion against visiting Episcopal High School, 5-4, January 30 in the Davenport Squash Center.
From the outset, the match was in contention, as the scores leveled out between the #9s and #3s with one win apiece for Mercersburg (courtesy of Andrew Forrester ’21) and Episcopal, respectively. But it was Episcopal who held the lead at the close of the first flight, taking a gritty fifth-set win at #6.
To start the second flight, Dalton Fitzsimmons ’20 leveled the scoreline at 2-2 by sweeping his opponent in three sets. Almost immediately, Episcopal regained the lead with a straight win at the #5 position. Cue the entry of senior Henry O’Brien, who handled his opponent in straight sets to bring things level once more, 3-3.
In the deciding 3rd flight, Episcopal regained the lead and came within a single deciding match by steaming through in three sets at the No. 7 spot. Mercersburg needed both wins to take the match, and a Storm was brewing. After a gutsy win in the first set, 12-10, Will Allen ’20 shouldered past his opponent in straight sets to knot the score at 4-4. Meanwhile, an early, hard-fought two-set lead for Lorenzo was starting to slip away as his speedy and tenacious combatant began to find some openings. Before we knew it, the house was absolutely packed with four squads of players, coaches, parents, and student supporters, as Lorenzo found himself on the wrong side of momentum entering the fifth and deciding set. His opponent came out on top of the first three points before Lorenzo got on the boards, and he battled bravely to find traction, yet the Storm supporters grew quieter as Episcopal’s player neared the finish line with a cushion at 9-6. Everyone in attendance will remember how Lorenzo somehow found the reserves of mental fortitude to play brilliant, patient, accurate squash. Lorenzo notched five unanswered points to deliver the win of the season for Mercersburg by a 5-4 count.
"The boys will enjoy some well-earned rest over long weekend as we look ahead to building up our strength and stamina for February," said Mercersburg head coach and director of squash Ryan Tyree.
Mercersburg competes at the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships Saturday, February 15, at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA.