PC racquetmen top GFS Tigers; girls beat Baldwin

by Tom Utescher
Posted 12/14/22

Penn Charter played its boys' squash season opener last Thursday, hosting nearby rival Germantown Friends.

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PC racquetmen top GFS Tigers; girls beat Baldwin


Penn Charter played its boys' squash season opener last Thursday, hosting nearby rival Germantown Friends. The visiting Tigers won the number two match and took two other bouts to a fifth game, but the PC Quakers emerged with a solid 8-1 victory.

It was the third match of the season for GFS, which had been victorious in its first two encounters.

Last Thursday at Penn Charter, the Quaker girls also went into action for the first time, winning by the same score, 8-1, against Baldwin School.

The boys began laying the foundation for their victory with wins in the seventh through ninth flights, with two of these positions occupied by sophomore twins, Will and Dean Kaiser. In the seventh spot, Will overcame Tigers freshman Alex Duggan, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-5, while at number nine Dean posted an 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 win over another GFS ninth-grader, Ned Spaniel.

A third freshman for the Tigers, Simon Berman, opened the eighth flight by taking the first two games, 14-12, 11-9. Charter junior Jacob Kestenbaum began to turn things around by prevailing in an extended third game, 14-12. He won the next two, 11-4, 11-8, to clinch a 3-2 victory.

Things went more quickly for the Quakers' junior number six, Grant Roshkoff, as he won 12-10, 11-2, 11-7 over visiting senior Rowan Ziegler. One flight up at number five, PC senior Jamison La Barge rallied past GFS 10th-grader Jasper Furness, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.

As can be seen by some of the match scores and individual game scores, the Tigers were not going down without a fight.

Farther up the ladder, Penn Charter won the third and fourth flights in straight games. The scores at number three were 11-1, 11-6, 11-5, favoring PC's Marko Vucetic over fellow junior Jackson Rodgers. In the fourth position senior Steven Bernstein defeated Tigers sophomore Walter Savage, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2.

Preventing a PC sweep in the team score was the number two for the Tigers, sophomore Oliver Pride. He had to comeback from an 0-2 shortfall after Quakers junior Griffin Yeatman won the first two games, 11-6, 11-4. Pride stayed alive by capturing game three at 11-8, and then he won the next two, 12-10, 11-5 to give Germantown Friends its lone match victory.

Isaac Torchinsky-Field, a sophomore playing in the first flight for GFS, started out with an 11-4 win, then Charter senior Ramsey Killinger secured the second game at 11-6. Killinger came from behind to win the third round, 11-9, then took game four by the same score to clinch the match.

In the PC girls' contest against Baldwin, the Quakers swept the top three contests in straight games. Sophomore number one Sam Jaffe breezed, 11-4, 11-3, 11-1, and her twin sister Alex was equally overpowering in the second flight, recording scores of 11-1, 11-5, 11-3. Junior Frances Guenther prevailed, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4, at number three.

Senior Lexi Bari, Penn Charter's number one in tennis, won the fourth flight here in five games, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10, and in the five spot junior Savannah Abernethy went straight through at 11-0, 11-9, 11-2.

Visiting Baldwin picked up its only win in the sixth flight, while at number seven senior Alex Glomb dropped her first game at 10-12, then won the next three, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8. The younger Abernethy, ninth-grader Audrey, posted scores of 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 en route to her win in the eighth spot, and fellow freshman Ana Buckley won the ninth flight, 4-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-9.