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Alister Walker Reaches Final at World Masters

Several National Capital Squash competitors played deep in the draw at the first World Masters held in the USA.  Alister Walker, the head pro at The St. James, turned in the top result in reaching the final of the 39-player Mens 35+. After not dropping a game on the way to the final, he battled Laurens Jan Anjema, former world #9, to four games.

Margaret Gerety reached the semis of the Womens 35+, where she ran into Lauren Briggs, former World #18 and the eventual winner of the division.

Steve Hufford reached the round of 16 in the 80-player Men's 60+, where he put up a good fight against the eventual winner.

Carole Grunberg won the consolation of the Women's 60+ after losing a tough five-game match to one of the semifinalists.

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2019 High School Team Scholarships Deadline Dec. 31, 2018

National Capital Squash (NCS) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to encourage high school varsity or club teams to participate in the US SQUASH 2019 National High School Championships.

The High School Championships offers divisions for teams at all skill levels.  Even if your team has never played in a team tournament, you will be placed in a division that should provide good competition.

There are up to two scholarships for up to two teams.  Each scholarship would be for up to $1500 to pay for entry fees and a portion of other expenses.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

The school has not sent any team to any prior US SQUASH High School Championship.
The team must have played team matches recorded in the US SQUASH database against other teams (ideally, at least four such matches prior to the seeding of the High School Championship).
A team must have at least seven players.  The players [...Read More...]

Liam Rotzoll Brings Home Bronze Medal from PanAm Juniors

Liam Rotzoll Brings Home Bronze Medal from PanAm Juniors

Combined Reporting from US Squash and National Capital Squash

Team USA ended its 2018 Pan American Junior Championships campaign by claiming bronze medals in both the girls’ and boys’ team competitions June 23, 2018 at the Capitol Squash Center in Brasilia, Brazil.

The U.S. delegation returned home with a total of five medals, including the girls’ and boys team bronzes.

Liam Rotzoll (right) celebrates bronze medal with Team USA teammates in Brazil.

The boys’ team, including National Capital Squash Junior Liam Rotzoll, outperformed their eight seeding by making a surprise run to the semifinals. The U.S. boys clinched a spot in the semis with of an upset over four seeds Mexico in the quarterfinals. The boys eventually fell against a strong Canadian team in the semifinals, consigning the U.S. to bronze medals.
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Kira Keating earns All-American Honors at College Individuals

Kira Keating earns All-American Honors at College Individuals

Princeton Senior and co-captain Kira Keating won two upsets to win her draw at the College Individual Championships. The winners of the four 16-player Holleran draws earn four of the Second Team All-American honors.

Kira, who grew up in Chevy Chase and went to Potomac High School, was seeded 7th. After knocking out George Washington's #2 player in the first round, she faced Grace Doyle, who played #3 for Princeton.  Kira easily took the first game, then was trounced in the second. The third game was a real battle, with Kira edging  out a 13-11 win and then closing out game four 11-7.

Kira Keating joined First Team All-American and co-captain Olivia Fiechter (left), and coaches Gail Ramsey and Tyler Osborne, to celebrate her win in the final.

In the semis, she faced yet another teammate, Kate Feeley, who upset Dartmouth's #1 and then [...Read More...]

2018 Silver and Bronze National Championships Report

2018 Silver and Bronze National Championships Report

National Capital juniors racked up many impressive results at the US Squash Silver National Championships, held at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore.  Three made the finals.

Emma Wolf, who played up an age group into GU19 and was seeded 14th, beat the #3 seed 3-0 in the round of 16. She won the final in five closely contested games.

Emma Wolf (right) sends her opponent scrambling in the GU19 final.

Ellis Chung took the GU11 title, scoring an upset over the #1 seed in the quarterfinals in four games. She went on to win the final in five games.

Sofia Arseniev (GU15) dropped just one game on the way to the final, where she lost in four close games.

Rohan Bhatia, down 2-1 in games, came back with 11-9 and 12-10 wins to take 5th in BU13.

Aalia Husain made the quarterfinals in GU15. Erica [...Read More...]

U.S. Junior Squash Championships Report

Congratulations to the two National Capital juniors who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Junior Squash Championships. Only the top 32 US citizens who enter each age group division (16 in U11) get to compete in this super-elite tournament. Simply qualifying for this tournament is a very high honor.

BU19 Liam Rotzoll upset the #3 seed in the round of BU19 and finished 7-8.  Last year he won the Silver Nationals title in BU17, so this is incredible improvement.

Christopher Kang, BU15, also qualified for this honor for the first time.

Aalia Husain named Mid-Atlantic All American

Congratulations Aalia Husain, Potomac, MD, Potomac School, who was awarded All-American honors by the coaches in MASO high school league.

All-American recognition honors those players who have achieved at the highest level of competitive excellence in junior squash.

Recipients are selected through two pathways: junior players ranked in the top eight of the boys’ and girls’ U19 division and top four of the boys’ and girls’ U17 division; and players voted on by coaches and league administrators of US Squash-accredited high school leagues.

Here is the complete list of All-Americans as published by US Squash.

 

 

NCS Juniors Win Five of Nine Titles at Mid-Atlantic Championships

National Capital Squash juniors took home four of the five titles in the girls divisions and BU15 to score wins in over half the divisions at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships, which were played at Squash on Fire Oct. 21-22.  The tournament was open to juniors from Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

NCS junior girls swept the top two positions in GU19, GU13 and GU11.  Hanna Chaudhry dropped just one game in GU19, to finalist Shalika Neelaveni.  It was Hanna's third regional title. Khadija Elhaddad won GU11, beating Caroline Dupree, who knocked out the #2 seed from Baltimore with a 3-0 win.  GU13s Layah Nasr and Elise Kang swept the top two spots, with each reaching the finals with consecutive 3-0 wins.

Aalia Husain edged the #3 seed Erica Maebius in a closely contested five game match in the GU15 semis.  Aalia then beat the #1 seed 3-0 in the final, her third regional title, while Erica easily took [...Read More...]

NCS 2016-2017 Junior Awards

NCS 2016-2017 Junior Awards

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Junior Award Winners.  A complete list appears here.

These awards recognize the achievements of juniors who have excelled in US Squash sanctioned tournament and high school match play during the 2016-2017 season.

Here are two of the recipients of the three MVP awards, Liam Rotzoll and Erica Maebius.

 

Here are the four most improved players and one of the two rookies of the year. From left, Layah Nasr, GU13, Zaid Nasr, BU13, Rohan Bhatia (rookie of the year), Liam Rotzoll, BU17 and Hanna Chaudhry, GU17.

 

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Five NCS Teams Compete in 2016 Howe Cup, B Team Reaches Final

Five NCS Teams Compete in 2016 Howe Cup, B Team Reaches Final

National Capital Squash sponsored five teams to play in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Team National Championships, held in Chelsea Piers, Stamford CT the weekend of Nov 11-13.

Left to right: A Team members Margaret Gerety (captain), Elizabeth Dupree, Maria Porras, Lindsay Wong, Chanel Erasmus

 

A team

The National Capital ACES played in a round robin format against five other A teams, ultimately winning two contests and losing three. On Friday they defeated a Connecticut team 4-1, and lost to a Boston team 1-4. On Saturday they lost to the New York team that ultimately won the Cup, 0-5, and again to a Philadelphia team 2-3. On Sunday they defeated a very tough “Gabler’s Gang” Connecticut team 3-2. Captain Margaret Gerety, playing at the #2 position, pulled out an amazing 5-game win against pro and perennial contender [...Read More...]

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