Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks to wifi on our bus, I am currently blogging from the road, en route to Rhode Island! We are taking on Stanford, Brown and Yale away this weekend, which will make for a busy three days of matches. We’re about halfway there, and so far I’ve just been keeping busy by sending emails and other random overdue tasks. However, we just put on a movie (The Hangover), so as soon as this post is published, I have a feeling my attention will move from work related things to enjoy some laughs.
This Week: Recap
I took an unexpected break from blogging this week, due to some days dedicated to thesis, as well as squash. I’ve found that it’s pretty difficult to do more than one thing at once to the best of your ability, which is why some days, certain events need to take priority. The weekend plus Monday were dedicated to working on my senior thesis, while Tuesday and Wednesday were much more focused on squash and other miscellaneous errands (like preparing for next semester!).
Tuesday: Some Very Sad News
Wednesday evening both the men’s and women’s teams took on Penn at home. This was a very important match for both teams, not only because we are neck and neck with the Quakers, but also because of a sad and emotional event which took place Tuesday evening.
After practice Tuesday night, we (the women’s team) were eating dinner as part of our pre-match ritual (complete with homemade rice krispie squares!), when we received some very unfortunate news. The former Princeton Squash mens coach, Bob Callahan had passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer. (If you knew Bob and would like to read more about his amazing achievements and remarkable personality, check out this series on Go Princeton Tigers, “Remembering Bob Callahan”.)
Commonly known as “Coach”, Bob was one of the most caring and kind people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. His passing hit us all hard, but gave us that much more motivation to play with lots of heart and passion the following day.
Wednesday: Princeton vs Penn
As a tribute to Coach, both the women and the men wore white T-shirts with the name “Callahan” on the back.
I was very surprised and pleased to see so many supporters at the match, not just for us, but in honour of Coach. Every single Princeton player exhibited an enormous amount of Princeton pride on Wednesday, and played every single point with heart.
The men played with a ton of heart, and did Coach proud by beating the Quakers 5-4. The women had an equally close match, however we came up just a bit short, losing 6-3. (You can read the full match report here on GoPrincetonTigers). My match was about a marathon and a half, one which I ended up losing 12-10 in the 5th game. (Squash is best of 5 games). My opponent played extremely well, and all in all it was a great match with lots of long rallies and great winners (on her part). (I was running around trying to retrieve her shots for the most part!).
Anyhow, that’s all from me for now. I’ll be back Monday with a report of weekend squash activities! Have a great weekend! 🙂