For the second year in a row, the Haverford School Varsity A Squash Team has won the Middle Atlantic Squash Association (MASA) Championship, capping off an undefeated InterAc season and an InterAc title as well.
MASA is composed of 30 boys teams ranging from local schools such as Conestoga and EA and schools as far away as Lawrenceville and Tower Hill. Varsity A came into MASA this year as the No. 1 seed. In the opening round of the tournament Jan. 26, the Fords easily defeated a combined team from Harriton/Lower Merion High School 9-0. In the semifinal match Jan. 28, the team cruised by Lawrenceville by a score of 9-0.
On Jan. 30, the team faced one of their biggest squash rivals, SCHA, for a rematch of last year’s MASA final. Once again the Fords were victorious by a score of 8-1. In the first round of play, there were many close games, hard-fought points and Haverford edged into the lead by an overall match score of 2-1. However, the Fords pulled away after the early drama by winning the next 2 rounds of 6 matches. The Varsity A team ladder is made up of co-captain Sean Hughes, Duncan Joyce, co-captain Will Means, Peter Miller, Justin Shah, Grant Sterman, Will Glaser, Sam Turner and Jimmy Tricolli, and is coached by Andrew Poolman.
The Haverford A Fords head into the US National High School Championship Squash Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the nation for Boys Division I. This national tournament takes place in Philadelphia over President’s Day Weekend and will feature nearly 1,000 athletes from all over the country coming to compete for a title. The Fords will have three teams entered in their respective divisions, with Varsity B and JV also competing for a title. Haverford B is also one of the top seeds in their division.