Mercersburg's girls' varsity squash team finished 7th out of 16 teams in Division II of the US Squash High School National Tournament, held in Philadelphia across the weekend of February 24-26. The finish was one spot above their original #8 seeding.
Head coach Mike Sweeney sent in the following report. "The Blue Storm opened the weekend with a hotly contested 5-2 victory over #9 Middlesex. Big victories came from the top four of Emilia Falconi '23 (#1), Indira Moshi '24 (#2), Martina Vega '23 (#3) and Greta Lawler '23 (#4), plus [we had] a clutch performance from Hisano Enomoto '25 at #6."
The win sent Mercersburg into a Saturday morning quarterfinal against #1 Andover (who would go on to win the Division II title). Coach Sweeney commented that "Despite valiant efforts up and down the ladder, Mercersburg was only able to manage a win at the #1 position where Emilia continued her winning ways." The 6-1 defeat pushed the Storm out of the main draw and into an afternoon consolation round match against #4 Choate Rosemary Hall. "In a match that could have gone either way," said Coach Sweeney, "the top three once again dominated play, but the Storm could not pull through at the bottom of the ladder, despite gutsy play from Lawler, Coco Zhai '24 (#5), Enomoto, and Mogere Nyakoe '25 (#7). In the end it was a hard fought 4-3 win for Choate."
On Sunday morning, Mercersburg squared off against #14 Phillips Exeter. "The top three again led the way, dominating their matches," according to Coach Sweeney. "Meanwhile, Exeter was strong at #4, #5, and #7. In the #6 match, Hisano confounded her Exeter counterpart, keeping her off balance and sending her in the wrong direction. Mixing it up with a creative combination of drops, lobs, and hard cross-courts, Hisano put together a masterpiece that ultimately proved to be the upset that Mercersburg needed to pull out the match."
The girls' finished the season with a 17-7 record, and a #23 national ranking among high school teams. Coach Sweeney added that "Emilia Falconi capped off her dream season by going 4-0 on the weekend and finishing a perfect 19-0 on the season."