News From Masters
In September, the second-year varsity boys’ squash program set a lofty goal: win a national title. On Sunday afternoon at The Loomis Chaffee School, the dream became a reality.
The Panthers made history during the two-day tournament, reeling off four consecutive victories to secure the program’s first Division III U.S. High School Team Championship.
“We had a tough road to the finals, but we believed in ourselves and all the hard work that we put in together as a team this past season,” coach Sahel Anwar said. “We were confident and poised, but at the same time nervous playing against traditional squash powerhouses. The players were thrilled to bring home the championship trophy and the banner, which will be placed on top of Court No. 1 in the Fonseca Center. We hope this is the start of a new tradition here at Masters.”
The Panthers downed Berkshire School, 4-3, in the opening round and bested Rye Country Day School by the same score in the quarters. Yousef Aly turned in a clutch performance in the deciding match. Masters went on to defeat Poly Prep, 4-3, in the semifinal and dispatched The Westminster Schools, 4-3, in the final. Asser Ibrahim capped off the monumental performance, battling through an injury to take down Westminster’s top player.
Ibrahim, Aly, senior captain John Epley and freshman phenom Nouran Youssef, who plays on both the girls' and boys' teams, all went undefeated on the day. Senior captain Owen Lieber, Noel Gorodetsky, Mark Tseytin and Garrett Wenberg also played key roles.
“We believe this a building block for more to come in the future,” Anwar said. “I am very proud of my team and how they supported each other throughout the championship run. Players were excited, parents were thrilled and the students were able to play their hearts out for Masters.”
Looking toward the future, Anwar has high hopes for his burgeoning program.
“We will be back next year to bring home another championship with our young and promising team,” the coach vowed. “The seniors will be missed, but they have already told us they expect more when they come back and visit.”