The St. Luke’s Girls Varsity Squash team may not have depth in terms of numbers, but it certainly has depth in terms of grit and heart.
The Storm graduated a number of key players last year but welcomed a small group of new players, who have a mixture of experience and athleticism.
The spirited group is captained by Lizzie Adamsen ‘20. Head Coach Lucia Mathias expects Lizzie, her only senior, to show great leadership qualities: “Lizzy is one of our most experienced players, who the girls really admire. I look to her to step into the leadership role and inspire the girls. She has been a huge part of this program for many years. I know she will shine this season.”
Caroline Pellegrino ‘21 returns and will play in the number one position again for the Storm. Mathias is confident she will have a huge impact: “Caroline is an extremely talented player and has a ton of experience. She is one of the best players in the league. We expect her to win a lot of matches.”
Other returning players include Ryan Weil ‘20, Kathleen Ehlers ‘21, Lucy Ehlers ‘21, and Caitlin Neafsey ‘22. All four girls are multi-sport athletes and represent St. Luke’s across a number of seasons. Mathias has been impressed with their work ethic: “They work tremendously hard and are a pleasure to coach. Ryan has really impressed me. She is a strong athlete and very good with the other players. The Ehlers twins have been fantastic, too. They have really good mechanics and are athletic. They are improving all the time. Caitlin had never played squash before last year and is improving a lot, due to her intensity and commitment.”
The seventh member of the team is Audrey Magnusen ‘21, who is a three-sport athlete for the Storm. The junior, who also plays soccer and Tennis, was a late addition to the team. Mathias has been thrilled with what she has seen so far: “Audrey is a wonderful addition to the team. She is another player who works extremely hard and improves every day. She is a joy to have around.”
Girls Varsity Squash has enjoyed some intense competition already, with matches against City Squash, New Canaan High School, Sacred Heart, and Rye High School.
Next up is a trip to Canterbury School on Friday, January 10, before hosting Greenwich High School on Monday, January 13.
Mathias looks forward to another fun season: “We have a great group of girls who give maximum effort every day. They have great camaraderie, and we all look forward to a wonderful season.”