McDonogh tops the Greyhounds 4-3
Squash has been an MIAA varsity sport since 2007 and in the previous 10 seasons not only has Gilman won every single championship, the Greyhounds have never suffered a single conference loss. In fact, the Greyhounds have rarely lost even a single game over that time span, winning most of their matches by 7-0 sweeps.
One team that has been gaining on the Greyhounds is McDonogh, which tested Gilman in last year’s championship match before falling, 4-3. Thursday at Meadow Mill Athletic Club, the Eagles reversed that score and made history with a 4-3 win over the Greyhounds.
Both clubs enter Thursday with 6-0 records in the conference and waged an epic battle that was fierce competitive right to the end. It all came down to the evening’s final match between the two No. 1 seeds – McDonogh’s Alister Cho and Gilman’s Charlie East.
With the team scored deadlocked at 3-3, Cho, a junior, defeated East 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, to clinch the victory.
According to McDonogh coach Tyler Ebling, the victory was years in the making.
“Gilman has such a tremendous program and is always a really strong opponent. This match was a lot of fun and a great test for McDonogh squash,” said Ebling. “We’ve been competitive in prior seasons, but our players have been training especially hard this year and it’s a testament to their hard work that we were able to get the win.”
McDonogh’s Cullen Little also defeated Gilman’s Will DeWire at the No. 2 position to give the Eagles a sweep of the top two spots. Like Cho, Little split the first two sets before winning the final two. McDonogh also got straight set wins from senior Jeremy Walden (No. 4) and sophomore Emily Schuster (No. 6).
“We see this as a milestone victory, but we’re certainly not resting on our laurels — it’s just one match, and we’ll see Gilman again at least once more this season in what is sure to be another great contest,” added Ebeling. “We owe a huge thank you to the players on both teams for creating a competitive atmosphere while always demonstrating great sportsmanship on court. We also want to thank all the parents and fans who showed up to cheer on both teams.”
McDonogh 4, Gilman 3
No. 1 Cho (McD) def. East 11-7, (9-11), 11-7, 11-3
No. 2 Little (McD) def. DeWire 11-7, (7-11), 11-8, 11-7
No. 3 N. Gildea (GIL) def. B Korn 15-13, 11-5, 11-2
No. 4 J. Waldman (McD) def. Emry 15-13, 11-6, 11-3
No. 5 Park (GIL) def. D Gildea 11-1, 12-10, 11-7
No. 6 Schuster (McD) def. Fried 11-7, 11-5, 11-3
No. 7 Dowling (GIL) def. Pitts 11-9, 11-9, 11-7