the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Alice Tao ’24
Imagine walking into the squash pavilion and seeing nine girls in scientist goggles hitting rubber balls. Would you laugh? We are often referred to as the “nerdy” tennis players but has anyone told you that squash is actually attractive? Infamously known as the “Lobbers,” given by the great Mr. Ulrich, we traveled 220 miles to Philadelphia for Nationals and missed the V-day dance because we are such dedicated athletes. Yes, you heard it right, Nationals. We are legit, thank you. Packed inside a long white van, we embarked on a three-day trip with tacos, pizzas, and pasta. You may wonder, were you there for food or squash? “Both,” is the only correct answer.
As we head into Coach Ulrich’s 14th year as head coach of the best team on campus, Varsity Girls’ squash has had some high moments thus far. After narrow losses last season, we successfully sought revenge by beating KO, Suffield and Berkshire. With a winning percentage of 54.5%, we had our fair share of glorious victories and tough defeats. Nevertheless, we pour our hearts and souls into every point and display amazing sportsmanship.
“Hit each shot with purpose!” Captain Nicki Smith often says during her pre-game speech.
Personally, this team has been my home for the past three years, and through the countless hours of toaster rides, we have truly become so close. We always alert each other, including Mr. Ulrich, of the newest updates in our lives (thanks Channy), and it’s always a good laugh.
Squash is hot; spice up your winter by watching us! No, but seriously, it will bring you so much joy.