The St. Luke's boys squash team captured the third division in the recent high school nationals tournament in Hartford. The event featured more than 140 teams and 1,300 matches. National honors were up for grabs in six divisions, and the Storm were the only Connecticut school to win a title.
Team members include Robert Galluccio, Mac Pivirotto, Alex Kamisher, Charlie Nelson, James Watson, Bobby Hamill, JD Ballard, Michael Troy and Christian Walsh. The team is coached by Edward Marks.
St. Luke's defeated Boys Latin School in the final, 5-2, with Bobby Hamill's 12-10, 11-10, 11-6 victory clinching the title. Kamisher and Ballard helped the Storm take an early 3-1 lead, and Nelson added another victory after Hamill's clincher.
Senior captain Robert Galluccio helped set the tone for the weekend in St. Luke's first match, a 7-0 sweep of Milburn Academy. Galluccio edged Mark Funk, ranked among the top 15 juniors in the country, in a thrilling five-set match.
St. Luke's was tested the following day before it even played a match. When the team bus didn't start, players were forced to scramble and took taxis to Wesleyan University, site of the matches. St. Luke's stopped Mercersburg Academy, 6-1, riding the strong play of younger players like James Watson and veterans like captain Pivirotto. In a tough semifinal against longtime power Penn Charter, St. Luke's won, 5-2, claiming two five-set matches.
Before the tournament, St. Luke's endured a difficult season in which they battled injuries, practice cancellations and close losses to rivals Rye Country Day, Choate Rosemary Hall and Canterbury.
St. Luke's followed up the tournament with a win over Hackley and a victory in the first round of the FAA tournament over Hopkins to improve to 11-6 on the season. The Storm will compete in the New England championships this weekend.
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