Squash takes down South Africa
ANNE STEVENSON, STAFF WRITER
It is not every day that Bowdoin gets to play against
another country. Last Thursday, however, the Bowdoin Squash Team had the
privilege to play against the University of Cape Town South Africa.
The University of Cape Town team decided to add Bowdoin
at the last minute to its roster of opponents on its North American tour.
The Bowdoin women had no idea what to expect about the South Africans'
skill level or what kind of a challenge they faced.
It ended up being a very close match, but the Polar
Bears managed to pull out on top. The women ultimately beat South Africa
3-2, which came down to a tiebreaker in Liz Steffey's match. Dana Betts,
Liz Steffey, Merrill Muckerman, Lindy Stanley, and Laura Inkeles were
the only Bowdoin women to play, because the University of Cape Town only
brought five women.
Sophomore Merrill Muckerman brought in the first win
by beating her opponent in four games. Although Merrill started off a
little slow and lost the first game, she ended up getting a lot more aggressive
and played some beautiful squash. The next three games were close, but
Merrill managed stay on top of her opponent and dominated the court.
Senior co-captain Liz Steffey gave Bowdoin another win
after a nail-biter match. After losing the first two games, Liz started
to focus in the third and began playing the squash she is capable of.
Liz came back to win the next two games, which meant that they were going
the long haul to five games.
Both women were tired and the intensity was up in the
fifth game. After a lot of great squash and passion, the women were tied
8-8 and went into a tiebreaker. At this point, the crowd was on the edge
of their seats, going crazy with every point won or lost. Superwoman Liz
did not lose her head and pulled out the victory.
The other senior co-captain, Dana Betts, conferred Bowdoin
its other win to take the match. Dana played smart, aggressive squash
and was quick on her feet, which allowed her to control the game, winning
Dana commented, "She was a good player. I had to work
really hard to beat her. I am just particularly impressed that this team
traveled all the way across the world to play. They are even living in
Winnebago's while they tour the Northeast! The whole South African team
was really friendly and funny…. and they know how to party."
Liz Steffey also said of the match, "It was a really
fun experience to play the South Africans. It was an exciting change from
our normal matches that count; this was much more casual and fun loving...The
match was just as much about the playing as it was about the curiosity
surrounding the other team's culture."
After the match, the men's and women's teams showed
the South Africans how to party American-style to round out the visitors'
experiences in the United States. Hopefully, the Bowdoin squad will make
it down to South Africa sometime to receive the same favor.
The men's and women's teams play tonight away at Tufts.