At Nationals, Boys’ V Squash Reaches Finals

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Henry O’Brien ’20

Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity squash team reached the championship match of the Division V draw at the 2020 HEAD US Squash High School Nationals before suffering a 6-1 loss in the finals to Woodberry Forest (VA) School February 23 at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT.

Alex Lorenzo ’20 won his match at #1 in straight sets, but the six other Blue Storm players came up short. Henry O’Brien ’20 (#2) and Dalton Fitzsimmons ’20 (#7) both took their opponents to five games.

Results
1. Alex Lorenzo ’20 (M’burg) def. W. Graham Roberts (WF), 11-5, 13-11, 11-7
2. Hunter Groton (WF) def. Henry O’Brien ’20 (M’burg), 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 11-6
3. Charles Innes (WF) def. Ali Nurkhaidarov ’20 (M’burg), 11-3, 11-3, 11-7
4. Eli Drake (WF) def. Will Allen ’20 (M’burg), 12-10, 11-5, 11-9
5. Henry Rich (WF) def. Francis Betkowski ’23 (M’burg), 4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
6. Samuel Long (WF) def. Kevin Chen ’21 (M’burg), 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 
7. Jay O’Keefe (WF) def. Dalton Fitzsimmons ’20 (M’burg), 10-12, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10, 15-13

Semifinal recap: Mercersburg 4, Wakefield 3
Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity squash team recorded its third-straight victory in the Division V bracket of the 2020 HEAD US Squash High School Nationals February 22 with a 4-3 semifinal win over Wakefield School in Windsor, CT.

#6 Andrew Forrester ’21 and #7 Kevin Chen ’21 are both 3-0 for the tournament after wins over their Wakefield opponents. Alex Lorenzo ’20 swept his opponent at #1 and Henry O’Brien ’20 clinched the match with a straight-set win at #2 to send Mercersburg to the championship final against Woodberry Forest (VA) School Sunday, February 23, at 1 p.m.

Results
1. Alex Lorenzo ’20 (M’burg) def. Arjith Mathew (W), 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
2. Henry O’Brien ’20 (M’burg) def. Walker Rich (W), 11-2, 11-6, 11-9
3. James Reid (W) def. Ali Nurkhaidarov ’20 (M’burg), 11-6, 13-11, 11-6
4. Will Rich (W) def. Will Allen ’20 (M’burg), 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-3
5. Michael Neff (W) def. Francis Betkowski ’23 (M’burg), 11-4, 11-9, 11-6
6. Andrew Forrester ’21 (M’burg) def. Chelsea Mulkerin (W), 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
7. Kevin Chen ’21 (M’burg) def. Charlie Cifferello (W), 11-8, 11-4, 11-4

Mercersburg and Wakefield have now played four times this season, with each team winning twice. The Blue Storm will be facing Woodberry Forest for the third time this year; the Tigers have taken the first two meetings.

Updated bracket and results

Quarterfinal recap: Mercersburg 4, Masters School 3
For the second straight day at the 2020 HEAD US Squash High School Nationals, Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity squash team rallied for a dramatic 4-3 victory. This time, the Blue Storm got the best of The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY) in a quarterfinal contest in the Division V draw February 22 in a match played at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT.

Will Allen ’20, Francis Betkowski ’23, Andrew Forrester ’21, and Kevin Chen ’21 won their matches at positions 4 through 7, with Allen and Forrester coming through with three-game sweeps to send the Blue Storm past the Panthers and into the semifinals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Wakefield School (The Plains, VA). 

Results
1. Taha Dinana (Masters) def. Alex Lorenzo ’20 (M’burg), 11-1, 11-1, 11-3
2. Garrett Wenberg (Masters) def. Henry O’ Brien ’20 (M’burg), 11-7, 11-1, 11-4
3. Ian Stein (Masters) def. Ali Nurkhaidarov ’20 (M’burg), 11-4, 11-4, 11-8
4. Will Allen ’20 (M’burg) def. Reed Gilmore (Masters), 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
5. Francis Betkowski ’23 (M’burg) def. George Chang (Masters), 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
6. Andrew Forrester ’21 (M’burg) def. Jonathan Oakes (Masters), 11-2, 11-9, 11-5
7. Kevin Chen ’21 (M’burg) def. Leo Hsu (Masters), 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-1​

First-round recap: Mercersburg 4, Buckingham Browne & Nichols 3
Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity squash team spotted Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA) a 3-0 lead before the bottom of the Blue Storm ladder mounted a furious comeback to lift Mercersburg to a 4-3 win in the opener of the US Squash High School Nationals Division V draw February 21 at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT.

Will Allen ’20, Francis Betkowski ’23, Andrew Forrester ’21, and Kevin Chen ’21 posted identical 3-0 victories for the Storm after the Knights won the first three matches.

Results
1. Fotis Zafiriou (BBN) def. Alex Lorenzo ’20 (M), 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
2. Sam Subramanian (BBN) def. Henry O’ Brien ’20 (M), 11-2, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10
3. Cameron Gaisford (BBN) def. Ali Nurkhaidarov ’20 (M), 11-4, 11-4, 11-0
4. Will Allen ’20 (M) def. Ben Wiegand (BBN), 11-5, 11-2, 11-3
5. Francis Betkowski ’23 (M) def. Julian Li (BBN), 11-6, 11-3, 11-9
6. Andrew Forrester ’21 (M) def. Henry Goddard (BBN), 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
7. Kevin Chen ’21 (M) def. Nicholas Hayre-Perez (BBN), 11-9, 11-3, 12-10