The Owls finished in second place at this year’s HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships on Sunday, February 3. More than 1,400 players converged on Trinity College for this 207-team tournament, including six divisions on the girls' side.
The Agnes Irwin team earned a spot in the championship through three consecutive 7-0 wins, besting Sacred Heart Greenwich, Noble and Greenough, and the Baldwin School. Greenwich Academy (Connecticut) snagged the top spot in the tournament with a 5-2 victory, taking home its 11th championship win in a repeat of last year’s final.
Agnes Irwin's Junior Varsity squad made school history by finishing 15th in the country — the highest ever for AIS JV squash — after pulling off a 4-3 nail-biter vs The Pingry School. The team was one of only two girls’ schools to have two teams in the first division.
Juniors Katherine Glaser and Olivia Walsh were undefeated in individual matches, with both of their competitions going to five games. Last month, they competed for Team USA at the British Junior Open, one of the strongest junior squash tournaments in the world.
“Each of our girls played her very best and coped admirably with the incredible amount of pressure found through the event,” remarked Alex Stait, AIS director of squash. “We were up against some top teams, and Baldwin in the semifinal is a big rival – on paper it is 50/50 with matchups – so for all seven of our girls to come out and play their best squash on such an occasion and win was very special. In the final we gave a great Greenwich team a huge fright, and the girls played some incredible squash. They demonstrated the highest sportsmanship and poise and were a credit to Agnes Irwin. Their team spirit and togetherness is something special to watch, and I could not be more proud to be their coach.”