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Nominate Someone You Know for a Special NCS Award

Since 2005, NCS has presented awards to exceptional members to commemorate their achievements and contributions of service to the Association and the sport of squash during the previous year.  A  committee of NCS officers and club representatives collects nominations from members and determines who has the  greatest number of votes.   The awards will be presented to the winners at the annual NCS End of Season Awards Party on May 21st after the semi-finals of the 2011 NCS Fisher Cup Individual League Player Championships.



Most Improved Player: Has shown greatest percentage improvement in skill rating, based on April-to-April numerical improvement in RailStation and ratification by Awards Committee. [...Read More...]

Record Number of NCS Juniors Compete in US SQUASH Junior Championship

Six NCS Juniors, a Record, Qualify for Harvard Frank Millet Junior Championship Tournament at Harvard University

Congratulations to Cameron Bahadori, Jacqueline Barnes, Geoffrey Keating, Kira Keating, Camille Lanier and Theo Mendez, who qualified to play in the US SQUASH Junior Championship Tournament (Frank Millet at Harvard) November 12-14.

The JCTs are the most difficult tournaments in the nation, and the JCT series of four tournaments is open only to the top 32 nationally-ranked players who apply in each age group. It is a high honor to qualify for this tournament and this is the largest number of NCS Juniors ever to qualify for a JCT. It was especially difficult to gain entry in this JCT as it broke US SQUASH records for applicants.

Kira Keating dropped just one game in four matches to qualify for the GU15 finals, where she lost a close four game match to the #1 ranked player in the nation. Prior to this tournament Kira had not [...Read More...]

Congratulations Capitol Hill Classic and Trifecta 1 Winners!

Congratulations to the Capitol Hill Classic and Trifecta 1 Tournament Winners!

These NCS juniors won, made the finals or finished 3rd in the two NCS area junior tournaments earlier this month.

Capitol Hill Classic Bronze:

BU15 -- Remy Freire, Winner; John Quamme, Finalist
BU17 – Theo Mendez, Winner; Evan Brown, Finalist
GU13 -- Elizabeth L. Gidley, Winner; Joy Stewart, Finalist (first tournament for both!)
GU19 – Rachel Brown, Winner; Katya Lienard, Finalist

Trifecta 1 Silver:

BU11 -- Nilay Neelaveni, Winner; Samuel Jinich, Finalist
BU15 – Remy Freire, Finalist
BU19 – Hunter Mathews, Winner; Greg Berson, Finalist; Sam Patterson, 3rd Place
GU13 – Taylor Nides, 3rd Place
GU19 – Rachel Brown, Winner

Advice on the New Junior Ranking Sytsem

To date US SQUASH has made several announcements concerning the new ranking system.

There is a page of frequently asked questions, which is a good place to start.

The details of the new system can be found here (pdf).

There is a webpage devoted to all the details here.

Much of the following advice about the new system is based on a email that Philadelphia professional Mike Jefferys wrote.

You don't get penalized for playing a tournament. You should play at least four tournaments to get a ranking that reflects your ability. Your total tournament points are divided by four, even if you only played two tournaments by [...Read More...]

2009-2010 Winter League Results

Bethesda Sport & Health teams dominated this season, making the playoffs except in division 3 and winning the playoffs in every division except division 4.

Here are the winners and finalists:

Premiere Division

Bethesda "Bulls of the Burbs" defeated the Shamrock Rovers (Results, The Gym) in the finals. Players in the finals:

Bryan Keating
Rod Barnes
Pablo Buitron
Matthew Dankner

Other players during the season for the Bulls: Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah, Ross Campbell, David Easwaran, David Moss and James Zug

Roster for the Shamrocks: Brian O’Hora, Jake Gross, Drew Blacker, Michael Aylward, Nicholas Echeverria, Alex Gross, Terry Hindermann, Matt McCormick, Andrew Maruca, Patricio Grane, Peter Van Geertruyden, John Lindquist, Juan Contreras and David McDonough.

Division 2

Bethesda swept Sports Club/LA in the finals March 23:

#1 [...Read More...]

2009-2010 Junior Awards

National Capital Squash is pleased to announce a new annual awards program to recognize the achievements of juniors who have excelled in US Squash sanctioned tournament play during the 2009-2010 season.

All awards were based on objective standards and we plan to continue presenting these awards on an annual basis for future seasons.

Congratulations to all the award winners for a fine season!

Most Improved Players:

Kira Keating -- Girls Under 15
Cesar Peralta -- Boys Under 17
Geoffrey Keating -- Boys Under 19

Rookies of the Year:

Zachary Ho -- BU13 & BU15
Rachel Brown -- GU17 & GU19
Cameron Bahadori -- BU13 & BU15
Alexander Alvarez -- BU17 & BU19
Greg Berson -- BU17 & BU19
Caroline Resor -- GU17 & GU19

Most Valuable Players:

Liam Rotzoll -- Boys Under 11
Theo Mendez -- Boys Under 13
Zachary Ho -- Boys [...Read More...]

2010 Fisher Cup Results

Here are the results of the 2010 Fisher Cup (results can also be seen on the US SQUASH website here):

Premiere Division

Brian O'Hora faced Pablo Buitron, the Bethesda Sport & Health Club champion, in the semifinals. After dropping the first game 12-10, O'Hora won three straight in convincing fashion, 11-7, 11-4, 11-3. In the other semifinals match Dan Petrie beat Bryan Keating 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

The finals match was a very exciting match that went to five games with O'Hora winning 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-3.

Bryan Keating took third place, beating Pablo Buitron 12-14, 11-4, 11-7, 15-13.

Women's A/B Division

In the Women's A/B division, Bettina Aten beat Deb Phippard in the semis 11-3, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7. Larisa Stephenson defeated Jackie Corrigan-Curray 11-4, 11-8, 11-6.

Stephenson won the [...Read More...]

Bronze Nationals Report

Many NCS Juniors came home with trophies from the Bronze National Championships at Yale Sunday April 25, 2010, and those who did not can be proud of their achievements. Every player who entered proved he or she is competitive in a nationally contested tournament!

Here is a report on the nine NCS players who played through the last day of the tournament:

Geoffrey Keating, playing up an age division in BU19, took second place, losing in the finals to Baltimore's David Snyder. Just two years ago, Geoff made it to the semis in the BU15 Bronze Nationals, so you could say he made more than four years of progress in less than two years.

Zach Ho lost a very tight 5 game match in the BU15 semifinals this morning, with two games decided 11-9 and one 12-10! Zach went on to win third place in another closely contested five game match. This was Zach's first national tournament, a fantastic result!

Alex Alvarez won third place in BU17, [...Read More...]

Bronze Nationals, Day 2

NCS juniors played well in another successful day of squash Saturday at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Nine of the fifteen here at the Bronze National Championships will play in semifinal, third place and/or finals matches on Sunday, an incredible result. Quite possibly more would still be playing through Sunday, but in several cases two NCS players had to play each other today, and obviously only one could win.

Having all the NCS players playing here has been great -- the players are all doing their best to support each other. It's like having a home away from home and a fan base hundreds of miles from home.

In the BU15s, Zach Ho topped Theo Mendez in the quarterfinals. Zach advances to the semifinals, and Theo plays a semifinal for the right to the fifth place match. Cameron Bahadori lost in the third round of the consolations, meaning he finished in the top 24 of the 60 players here, a promising start for an NCS rookie junior playing in his [...Read More...]

Bronze Nationals, Day 1

Congratulations to the 15 National Capital Squash area juniors who were accepted into the US SQUASH Bronze National Championships at Yale University April 23-25. This is a record number of NCS juniors who qualified for the tournament. We will be reporting each day on the highlights.

There is a record turnout here in BU15, with 60 juniors nationwide competing. Theo Mendez and Zach Ho cruised, winning both their first two matches comfortably, and both have advanced to the round of 16. Cameron Bahadori won his round of 64 match, then fell to the #1 seed in a competitive match. Cameron won his first round consolation match. Caden Petersmeyer lost his first round consolation match, playing very well and taking a game off a highly rated opponent. He moves to the plate division.

In BU17, Alex Alvarez overwhelmed his first two opponents, and has reached the quarterfinals, where he faces the #4 seed Saturday. Cyrus Nassikas, Greg Berson and Sam Patterson [...Read More...]

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