On Saturday, February 4th, the Varsity girls' squash team was in competition at Penn Charter School as part of the Middle Atlantic Squash Association tournament. The team earned the #1 seed for the Division III tournament receiving a bye in the first round. FCS girls' team faced off against a Harriton Lower Merion JV squad that they had defeated soundly earlier in the season. What was most impressive about the match 9-0 win, was how focused each and every FCS girl was, not taking anything for granted and playing hard on every point. Of special note was how dominant our top five players were, especially Hannah Rossio at #4 and Thea Volpp at #5, with both playing their best squash of the season and giving up a total of 7 and 6 total points respectively in their 3-0 victories. Clarie Coss, Phebe Guenter and Sam Roshkoff handled their opponents with relative ease at #1,#2 and #3; all winning 3-0 respectively. Subbing for Lizzie Charlton at #6, senior co-captain Rebecca Miller won a very hard fought 3-0 match, being extended to 12-10 and 13-11 in the first two games. Ky Core had the toughest match of the morning at #7, but came through with a 3-1 win. Kathryn Greene and Lyla Forman closed out the sweep, winning convincingly 3-0 at #8 and #9.
As co-captain Rebecca Miller said in the team huddle before the beginning of our match in the MASA Finals vs Conestoga JV, "We are reigning Div lll Champs, so we are expected to win, but we will need to treat every point as if it's the most important point of the year." Her words could not have been more prophetic, as the FCS Varsity Girls' Squash team turned in a dramatic and gutsy 5-4 victory to repeat as Div lll MASA Champions. What made the match extra exciting was the fact that after five individual matches, our girls were facing a 4-1 deficit. Conestoga's JV squad was especially strong at the bottom of the ladder. Thea Volpp displayed huge heart at #5, dropping a nail biting 3-2 decision to her Conestoga rival. Lizzie Charlton fought hard in her 3-0 loss at #6, losing her second game 15-13. Ky Core battled grabbing the third game 12-10 after being down two games to love. The fourth and decisive game slipped away, unfortunately. Kathryn Greene struggled to find her touch, losing 3-0 at #8 to a very strong opponent. And then came freshman Lyla Forman at # 9. With the tide seemingly rolling hard against our team and desperately needing a win, Lyla fought back from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 and turn the momentum in favor of FCS. From there, Hannah Rossio battled ferociously at #4, winning the key third game 12-10 after being knotted at 1-1 in games. Her opponent never had a chance in the fourth game, as Hannah closed out her 3-1 win in style. With the team score 4-3, Phebe Guenther and Claire Coss both had to win for FCS to claim the championship. At #2, Phebe won a back and fourth first game 11-9, dropped her second game 7-11, and then used laser-like focus to close out her match 3-1. And as any good sports story would have it, the final and decisive match pitted our #1 Claire Coss, with Conestoga JV's solid top player, in a winner take all scenario. Claire's mental toughness was on full display, playing almost error less squash in winning 3-0, holding on 11-9 in the final game of the championship. Congratulations one and all!