Packer Squash Preview
Flashy and boisterous plays dominate the presence of sports in pop culture. Packer’s squash team, however, finds success through hustle, grit, and grind, three vital tenets that the casual fan may omit.
“We are a really strong team because we know what it takes to win,” said Henry Martin (‘17). “We are determined and have team goals, and know that with hard work, we can beat anyone.”
As the most consistent and successful Packer sports team in recent memory, the varsity squash team has high expectations for this season.
“Getting top eight in the country and going undefeated would be a huge accomplishment for all of us,” said Andrew Douglas (‘17). “It won’t be easy. We will have to stay healthy and motivate each other. We want to prove all the haters wrong–the ones who don’t think we can win because we have girls on our team.”
Being a coed team in a predominately male sport makes Packer’s squash team especially unique. Jane Pincus (‘17) echoed Andrew’s comments and shared her experience of being a female captain.
“The majority of the time, other teams don’t take the girls seriously or even the team as a whole, because we are a coed team playing in the highest division,” said Jane. “This however only positively affects the closeness and the support we have for each other. Our current team has great sportsmanship and unity. We all have a great time with one another.”
The wonderful culture developed by the squash team has come from years of training together.
“We have a ton of very talented elite athletes in the squash program,” said Coach Barry Stelzner. “Most of these athletes came to us as established squash players, and in a sport that is usually an individual competition, they have allowed us to push them and get them to buy into a team chemistry and mentality. In spite of all our talent, we really do not have a lot of Dramas or Divas.”
Having a core group of seniors who have been in the squash program for numerous years makes this one of the most anticipated season ever.
“Not to sound negative or arrogant but this will probably be the best Packer squash team ever,” said Andrew. “It’s not often that a school who doesn’t recruit happens to get the level that we have, so I guess this is everyone’s last shot. We all want to make it count.”
“We have some tough early season matches,” said Coach Barry. “Anyone interested in seeing some great athletes play squash, please come out and support us.”