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National Championship for Middle School Squash
Posted 01/28/2013 02:46PM
   
  U.S. Middle School Squash Team: National Champions!
Front row, left to right: Chris Zachary '19, Julia Masch '17,
and Krish Bhavnani '18. Back row, left to right: Head Coach
Ramsay Vehslage, Sam Scherl '17, Daniet Hutt '17,
Ayush Menon '19, and Assistant Coach Phil Cox.
   
  It All Came Down to the Final Match...
Pingry's Sam Scherl '17 fought back from a 2-1 deficit

in games to defeat Bunswick’s top player, Tyler Carney.

Photo credit: Dale Walker



Congratulations to our Middle School squash players on their unprecedented victory in the 2013 United States Middle School Squash Team Championships held this past weekend at Yale University!

Pingry’s club team upset the #1 seed and four-time defending national champions from the Brunswick School to claim this historic win for our squash program. The best finish Pingry previously had in the Middle School National Team Championships was a sixth-place finish in 2012. The win is all the more remarkable because our Middle School players only have "club" status at Pingry rather than full "team" status because of limited court space and practice time.

Sponsored by U.S. Squash, the national championship is the premier team competition in the sport on the middle school level. There were 45 teams competing across three separate divisions, and Pingry was seeded #3 in Boys Division I (the elite flight).

In first round action on Friday night, Pingry defeated Bala Cynwyd (PA) 5-0. In the Saturday afternoon quarterfinals, Big Blue then beat Greenwich Country Day School (CT) by the same score of 5-0. The Saturday semifinals were a close 3-2 victory over the #2 seed, Haverford (PA). That win set the table for a Sunday afternoon showdown with the #1 seed and four-time defending national champions from Brunswick (CT). Pingry won the first two matches of the finals to take an early 2-0 lead, but Brunswick battled back in the next two matches to even the score at 2-2. The best players for Pingry and Brunswick squared off in the deciding match, and Sam Scherl ’17 emerged with the victory after a nail-biting five games. His win clinched the overall 3-2 national championship victory for Pingry and Head Coach Ramsay Vehslage.

Read more here about our strong Pingry squash program, the Pingry squash players with Top 50 national rankings for their age group, our college players, and the plans underway to build squash courts on the Martinsville Campus.


Go Big Blue Squash!



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