Casserly Stays Undefeated In
Exeter No. 1 Michael Maruca scored
an impressive four-game victory over his Andover counterpart Dan
Wagman and Maruca’s teammate and fellow junior Ed Casserly maintained
his undefeated dual-meet record so far this season in spurring the
Big Red to a 5-2 home victory at the recently-dedicated Fisher Squash
Center over their arch-rivals from Andover this past Wednesday afternoon.
The teams are scheduled to meet again on February 22nd, this time
at Andover, in the last team match of the season, which concludes
the following weekend with the New England Interscholastic Championships
at Middlesex and Groton.
Maruca and Wagman had never played each other prior to this week, but
Casserly had lost last year to his Andover opponent Derek deSvastich, which
must have made this 9-7 10-9 6-9 9-3 result especially satisfying. So was
the win that the host team got at the No. 3 position from sophomore Luke
Lee, who lost the fourth game of his battle with Simon Keyes but was able
to respond to this setback by fully asserting himself in sweeping through
a 9-0 fifth game.
Andover demonstrated admirable depth in taking the Nos. 4 and 6 matches.
At No. 4, Graham Miao, the Hong Kong-born Andover freshman, out-played
Exeter soccer captain Micah Wood, while at No. 6, Miao’s teammate Sam
Woolford dropped only the first game before controlling the remainder
of his match with Exeter senior Alex Ha, who faded in the second half
of their four-game match. But these reversals were counter-balanced by
Big Red victories by senior David Paik and junior Peter Jang over Sam
Gould and Andy Yoon respectively, thereby accounting for the 5-2 overall
The New England prep-school calendar really heats up during the final
three weeks of the season. Exeter, which now has a 5-4 record, plays St.
Georges School next Wednesday prior to competing in the third annual National
High-School Team Championships that weekend at Yale and Choate. The following
weekend the Big Red will play a strong Belmont Hill squad on Friday and
both Tabor and St. Pauls on Saturday, with the second part of the home-and-home
with Andover the following Wednesday, three days before the season-finale
New England Interschols.
Meet Recap (Exeter 5, Andover 2)
No. 1: Michael Maruca (E) d Dan Wagman (A) 9-3 5-9 9-5 9-1;
No. 2 Ed Casserly (E) d Derek deSvastich (A), 9-7 10-9 6-9 9-3;
3 Luke Lee (E) d Simon Keyes (A), 5-9 9-5 9-3 6-9 9-0;
No. 4 Graham
Miao (A) d Micah Wood (E), 9-6 9-7 10-9;
No. 5 David Paik (E) d Sam Gould
(A), 9-4 9-1 9-3;
No. 6 Sam Woolford (A) d Alex Ha (E), 7-9 9-6
No. 7 Peter Jang (E) d Andy Yoon (A), 7-9 9-19-1 9-5.