January 12th 2015
This team is on FIRE!
The last day of our squash trip brought about a return to the 6:30am wakeup. As I gazed upon a sleeping Kamisher, his breasts heaving with each breath, I thought of the serene beauty San Diego possesses early in the morning. A somber, yet pensive mood imbued the hotel lobby while my fellow teammates and I enjoyed our final complimentary breakfast… Until a little tike decided 7am in the morning was the perfect time to practice his drum solo with a plastic spoon and an occasional scream. Pattie’s tabata awaited us at the courts, as well as speed and agility training with Steven, and counter-drop drills with coach Kerr. Lunch passed unremarkably, and many team members enjoyed a final dip in the hottub, before heading off to our 1pm practice. A single tear escaped my eye as I exited the hottub for the last time; it tasted salty. A mixed singles-doubles tournament was enjoyed by all, and the men’s and women’s teams left the courts, hand in hand, singing “Kumbaya, my lord”. We were treated to a scrumptious Mexican feast by Abigail’s lovely parents, and we left Puesto with our bellies full, and Chris Hart’s shame at not finishing his meal firmly in our minds. We’ll be back to Wesleyan soon, here’s to hoping I don’t have to check two goddamn bags again.
With much love, David Sneed, and a final thank you to all of the parents and staff who made this trip so special.
Today was the last day of practice for what was a great week in San Diego. We started out the day with our usual run followed by our final round of tabata with Patti. Steven led us with an enthusiastic agility and footwork session, which was a great end to our fitness. We worked through some more footwork via counter drop drills to culminate our movement and technique on court. In the afternoon, we took on the most important part of our training trip. MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT! With an exciting final, Laila and Ashley (one of two girl teams,) managed to defeat Chris and Annie F. to win the coveted prize of peanut M&Ms. Rousing matches lasted all afternoon to end our trip on a great note.
We were treated with the best Mexican food around (big thanks to the Smith family for the dinner.) It was a great way to end the week with delicious food and laughs. As we reflect on the goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of the trip, we look to push ourselves even further as we head back to Middletown. With some big tournaments coming up, we know that everything we have worked on this week will shine through in our games. We look forward to getting back into our season as a team, and want to thank everyone involved in what shaped up to be a fabulous week.
January 11th 2015
Both teams had this morning off so about half went to Balboa Park to visit some museums and gardens. Unfortunately, it was raining so the trip was cut a little short. The other half decided to get some much needed sleep/catch up on football. After that many people lunched and napped until 4 when practice began. At practice we continued to play matches in our mini teams which gave us all a chance to practice matchplay and coaching. After, a very eager group went to In N Out where some experienced their first taste of the famous west coast chain. We’re looking forward to our last full day in San Diego tomorrow and hope the sun comes back out.
January 10th 2015
After a delicious dinner so generously provided by the parents of Alex Bakes, the entire team fell fast asleep last night able to sleep in “late” (9 AM wake up time) today. Post breakfast at the hotel, we were able to venture into the town of Del Mar, where we stopped in a few shops (Blair picked up a sweet new shirt) and walked along the beach. The girl’s ordered many Starbucks Frappuccino’s and there was not a Dunkin to be found.
Around noon we all pilled back into the vans to head over to Bridget’s family condominium in Solano Beach. After checking out the rec center’s Ping-Pong and pool table, we headed down the bluff to find a beautiful and quiet beach.
A number of team members braved their fear of pacific sharks as they waded into the cool waters. The men’s team enjoyed a game of “pickle,” and Frisbee and Pro-Kadema were also popular attractions. Hiking back up the stairs of the bluff served as the biggest work out of the day. Throughout the day we enjoyed California Pizza Kitchen and sushi, and learned a number of new card tricks. People fought over phone chargers and pool cues. Long after the sun had set, we sadly returned to the vans to travel back to the hotel to dance to Taylor Swift in Hannah’s room and relax our muscles in the hot tub. Overall, the day was a huge success, and served as a very nice break to our rigorous training schedule, giving us a chance to recover so that we will all be ready to go Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much to the Dougherty’s for the lovely day!
– Claire, Annie M. and Ashley
January 9th 2015
Today we got a nice (late) start at 9am! We rotated between three stations, working on wide cross courts, mental preparation and visualization, and a whole lot of stretching.
As we are now about halfway through our trip, we are now at the point that our coaches call the “pushing point” — literally the hump day.
After returning for lunch and getting some quick pool and nap time in, we headed back to the courts for some full body stretching, which was much needed by all. Several bouts of paired stretching and rolling left everyone on the floor groaning but blissfully loose.
Having evaluated team injuries, Shona split us up into four teams and had us play mini-matches, best out of five to seven points. It was great to be under this simulated pressure while receiving the support of our teammates. We also got a chance to practice our coaching and give our teammates the most effective and concise advice.
A beautiful setting and delicious food.
Thank you to the Bakes family for providing a fabulous dinner after such a long day of work! Despite a slight mishap involving the keys to one van, we all made it to the restaurant in time– some of us (Patti and Shona) enjoying a trip in the trunk of the van!
With our first day of free time tomorrow, we look forward to sleeping in, some extra Advil, as well as tender love and care on the beach.
January 8th 2015
Wesleyan Squash pictured with Renato, Yuri and Carlos after they were so very kind to put us through a squash practice and workout “San Diego style”. Thank you also to Marko Sanchez of Function Factory (http://function-factory.com) for putting us through some squash specific ladder drills and dynamic stretches. We were warned it would be tough and please not we are all still smiling :). Bring it on!
By Raheem Logan ’16
Yesterday was one of the best practices that I have been a member of. I think that was the result of the standard that was set prior to starting practice. “If you do not plan to give it your all, then you should see your way out.” I respect how straight forward Renato was with his statement, and that resulted in the most productive practice of the year, despite our soreness coming into it. We ran, we jumped, we pushed each other, and we worked as one. After this we had professional baseball catcher Nick Hundley come and talk to us about the mentality needed to play a sport at such a high level. The biggest thing that stuck with me was when he said, “We have earned this pressure to be at this level (playing college squash), so the best thing to do is embrace it and not run away from it.” I will take this mentality as I move forward with my collegiate squash career.
Nick Hundley taking sports psychology questions from the Wesleyan Squash and Access Youth Academy teams on his approach to the mental side of sport as a Major League Baseball catcher.
Wesleyan’s resident 2 sport squash and baseball stars, Mike Delalio and Guy Davidson with Nick Hundley. Two sport athletes are the finest of them all.
After a great talk, we sat poolside and chatted for a bit, then went out to an amazing dinner. Seeing everyone talking happily and the environment remain drama free made me feel thankful to be apart of such a group!
A beautiful dinner together in “Little Italy”, San Diego – all smiles.
The best advice that I received all day was with squash, once that door closes, you and your opponent are on the same playing field. Where you are from, wealth or income becomes irrelevant. With playing squash coming from Harlem, I am forced to come to the realization that I am in a world that African-Americans are not usually apart of. I do not have the same privileges that many of my peers are fortunate to have. Also, people (whether it be parents or other players) come with their preconceived notions about who I am, but once that door closes, the battle solely is focused on who can reach 11 first in 3 out of five games. Looking forward to what’s next!
January 7th 2015
We woke up bright and early this morning to start off with a quick run to the squash center. Boys and girls split up for squash time and a tabata workout with Patti. She really got us moving!
Midday we returned to the Marriott Residence Inn for a lunch out in the California sun. Some of us headed to the pool for a quick hangout, and some slept to prep for the afternoon workouts.
We headed back to the courts for an afternoon session, and split up for squash time, and an agility and footwork exercise out in the parking lot. We became better jump-ropers through Steven’s expertise.
For the late afternoon, some of the players stuck around at the courts to tutor some of the Access Squash students in English, math, and Spanish. It was a ton of fun, and cool to chat with some kids who are really working to improve their squash games!
We had tournament play with the club for the last few hours of the night, and were super impressed by the level of play. There were some great matches, and it really set the pace for the trip.
We’re exhausted and headed to bed (and a little scared for tomorrow).
Love, the ladies of 330