Devastator of the week: Sabrina Rabins

The final Devastator of the Week this semester is Sabrina Rabins `20 on the women’s squash team. The team took on Vassar College at Colby to start off their season. At the end of the day, the Mules secured a win over Vassar, with a key comeback coming from Rabins in an early match. Hailing from Weston, MA., Rabins has not been playing squash her whole life but instead picked up the sport her sophomore year of high school. Despite starting later in life, Noble and Greenough School in Dedham got Rabins to a high enough level by her senior year that it caught the attention of Colby. Fast forward, Rabins started off Colby’s squash season with the first match of the weekend. Heading into the match, the Mules were favored to win. Rabins noted how “going into the first game I wanted to make sure I played a strong match to start the season well. Being a team which we were expected to beat, it was important that I played well and kept my composure on the court. We tried to make sure our energy was very high before the match as well as when we all got on court to play especially because this was the first-years’ first ever collegiate match.”

 But things didn’t work out as planned in the first game. Sabrina lost a few points in a row to the Vassar first-year and never really found her footing in the first game, falling 5-11. A surprising turn of events for sure, but things went even worse in the second game as Rabins went down another game, losing 4-11. 

Looking back at these first two games Rabins commented: “It’s always hard when its the first match back from the end of last season to get right back into the groove of competition. In addition, we have never played Vassar before so I was not sure what skill level to initially expect. Personally, I find myself performing better when down a set. I think in some cases I need the extra pressure to continue to push myself and fight for the win. Losing the first two sets of the match was not ideal, but it made winning in five games even more rewarding.” As mentioned earlier, Rabins would go on to win the next three sets in a row in convincing fashion. The match ended 3-2 Rabins as she won 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 to secure the first win of the day. 

“Now that I have the first match of the season under my belt, I am excited for the rest of the season to get underway and to go forward with this great moment. I think the team will be strong this year and while we are a relatively young team there is a lot of potential and I am very excited to see how this season will play out!” 

As soon as the third game began, Sabrina turned up heat and took control of the match. One spectator, Mary Farnkoff `20 spoke with the Echo about Rabins performance: “I thought Sabrina did a tremendous job maintaining her composure during her match this past Sunday. After the second game, she was down 2-0. However, Sabrina was unfazed. She flipped the switch after that, managing to win three consecutive games to defeat her opponent. It was one of the greatest comebacks I’ve seen in squash. The Colby fan section was going wild, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.” 

As the final points came to a close, fans behind the glass chanted “Sabs!” over and over as Rabins walked over to the opponent and thanked her for the match, always maintaining class.

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