Nine long months have passed since the Haverford squash team played their last competitive match. As the season begins anew, the team vies to reclaim the prestigious Justi Cup and defend the Inter-Ac championship. Last season, the Fords lost in the finals of Nationals to their biggest rival, the Brunswick School, so the boys are hungry to take home both titles this year. To complete the trifecta, the Fords will rely on an unusually strong Varsity B team to bring home the MASA (Mid-Atlantic Squash Association) title.
Leading the team is Varsity Coach Mr. Samuel Walters, who expects domination from both varsity teams this year. He has formerly coached a top team in Avon Old Farms and has over ten years of coaching experience.
Coach Walters said, “The amount of talent and dedicated players are overwhelming, the greatest number we have ever had!”
The Haverford Varsity A team is both star-studded and deep, with eight of their nine players ranked in the top 32 in the United States. Sixth Form Varsity A Captains Christian Shah, Graham Joyce, Carter Joyce, and Yeshwin Sankuratri hope to lead this year’s Varsity A team to an Inter-Ac and National title.
Coach Walters also expects big things from Varsity B, led by Sixth Form Captains Rob Driscoll and Daniel Chow.
“I expect the Varsity B team to beat even some of the top teams in the Inter-Ac,” Coach Walters said.
The Varsity B team looks to win the MASA title while the Varsity A team is off vying for the National title.
Coach Walters emphasized the importance of team structure at the beginning of the season. He highlights having a brotherhood on the team and how everyone has to step up.
“It is so important that we build our connection as a unit early on,” Sankuratri said. “In previous seasons we have done remarkable things when the team has really connected. It is an amazing feeling, knowing and having the confidence that your boys are always behind you, lifting you up.”
The Fords look towards the championship as a team, eyeing a revenge match against Brunswick.
“Losing in the finals like that motivates all of us to want to get back to that stage, and give it our best shot,” Shah said. “Once we’re at Nationals, anything can happen, but to win it all, everyone has to find a new level that they may not have reached before.”