National Capital Squash (NCS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship program to encourage high school varsity or club teams to participate in the US SQUASH 2014 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 $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.
At least three players on the team must have a US SQUASH junior ranking, which requires participation in at least three sanctioned tournaments in the prior 11 months.
A team must have at least seven players. The players do not all have to be of [...Read More...]
As part of the Women's Squash Week national promotion originated by US Squash, the National Capital Squash event was held on the evening of Wednesday September 25 at the Sports Club/LA in downtown Washington. Approximately 30 women of all ages and skill levels participated in the highly social event that included "Queen of the Court" play at three different skill levels. Women who are new to the game welcomed the opportunity to meet other players, and women new to the District were able to identify other women players at their level. The event was free to participants, and raspberry-colored T-shirts promoting "Women's Squash Week" donated by US Squash were distributed. The Women's Squash Night has proven to be a highly successful way to open the squash season in the NCS. Thanks to Sports Club/LA, National Capital Squash, and US Squash for supporting this event which we plan to continue [...Read More...]
Three National Capital Squash juniors reached the quarterfinals in the US SQUASH Junior Silver Squash Championships that ended Sunday, April 14. Nghi Nguyen played up an age division and recorded the highest finish, reaching the GU19 semifinals where she lost a tightly contested four game match.
Isabel Young, who recently aged out of GU15, had an impressive run, reaching the GU17 quarterfinals in a five game thriller, clinching the final game 15-13! She then narrowly missed reaching the semis, falling in five tough games.
Theo Mendez lost a heart breaker of a match in the round of 16, losing 11-9 in the fifth to the eventual semifinalist. Theo then went on to win the consolations in a very strong 32-player BU17 field.
Zach Najera, who also recently aged up into BU17, played impressively, defeating a higher ranked player from California in the first round. He later lost in five games to the US #63, who reached the consolation semis.
Congratulations to Jose Calderon and Ben Smith, who won the Open 5.5 and Open 4.5 skill level divisions at the national championships, which were held in Baltimore April 5-7. Patrick Harris also reached the finals of the Open 5.0, where he lost a close three game match to the #1 seed.
Jose beat Antoine Poulain of Chicago in the four game final. Ben rallied from a 2-1 deficit to Boston's Girish Venkataramani on the way to an 11-9 victory in the fifth game.
Ben Rind -- Open 5.0 Consolation Winner
Nghi Nguyen -- Women's 4.0 Consolation Winner
Ben Hoefs -- Open 5.5 Consolation Finals
Abir Ray -- Open 4.5 Consolation Finals
Isabel Young -- Women's 4.0 Consolation Finals
Jahangir Naseem -- Open 6.0, Winner Consol Playoff
Carole Grunberg won the Women's 55+ and also won the consolation finals in the Women's 50+ division. She was joined by a strong group of National Capital players who competed last month at the Masters Championships in Stamford CT.
Congratulations to the following players who reached the quarterfinals or won the consolations in their age division:
Carole Grunberg -- Women 55+ Winner
Women 50+ Consolation Winner
Bryce Harding -- Men 50+ quarter-finalist
Terry Hindermann -- Men 50+ quarter-finalist
Bruce Simons-Morton -- Men 65+ Consolation Winner
Carole had a tough five game match in the semifinals and then won another five game marathon match where she took game five by a 13-11 score to clinch the win.
Bruce fell in the quarterfinals in a tight three game match to the eventual winner.
This tournament is great fun, so if you are 35+ and haven't tried it yet, consider [...Read More...]
Competing in this event is a major honor for any junior squash player -- it shows the player has reached the top 32 in his age group in the USA. Congratulations to Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating, who qualified in the BU19 and GU19 divisions.
Kira Keating, who recently aged up into the GU19, finished 13-16th and is currently ranked #12 in the US. Cameron is the #1 ranked NCS junior boy and #40 in the US.
Bryan Keating, a 2010 graduate of The Potomac School from Chevy Chase, MD, was named the men's College Squash Player of the Week in February. Now a junior at Cornell University, Keating won the honor for delivering the deciding fifth team match win for Cornell over previously undefeated and #1 ranked Princeton. It was just the second time Cornell had ever defeated Princeton and it was the first home victory [...Read More...]
Daily Squash Report led with this story: "It took the longest recorded squash match for more than 30 years to decide the Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver title when Canadian Shawn Delierre beat England's Adrian Waller in two hours and 37 minutes, surviving a battle which went the full distance and featured four tie-break games. The fourth game of the climax of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 event in Washington DC alone lasted 44 minutes!"
The tournament was played at regional clubs, including Chevy Chase Athletic Club, which hosted the final, Results The Gym, Worldgate Sport & Health, Sports Club/LA, Potomac Squash Club, Potomac School, [...Read More...]
Congratulations to the players from our area who won draws in the Woodruff-Nee softball and Potomac Squash Fever #14 tournaments. The Woodruff Nee was played at the University Club early in February:
Woodruff Nee Winners
Open 2.5 -- Stephen Nurre
Open 3.5 -- Benjamin Levine
Open 5.5 -- Anuroop Talwar
Men's 60+ -- Bruce Simons-Morton
Potomac Squash Fever #14 Winners
Open 2.5 -- Aadil Husain
Open 3.5 -- Zach Najera
Open 4.0 -- William Craig
Open 4.5 -- Benjamin Smith
Open 5.0 -- Ben Rind
Women 3.5 -- AJ Copeland
Men 40+ -- Jonathan Lam
Men 50+ -- Ross Campbell
Pro-squash comes to DC this week. The Squash Revolution National Capital Open Presented by Oliver tournament features Canada's Shahier Razik (Canada #1 and World #32) and Egypt's Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (World #37) and many other top World top 50 players from 10 nations.
Two quarterfinals matches are sponsored by National Capital Squash and are FREE! These matches are Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 PM or 7:15 PM. You need a ticket to attend, which you can get for free here.
You can buy tickets to the semis and final matches here. Don't delay, as tickets are limited and both matches are likely to have great squash. The semis start Friday at 7 PM and the Saturday final begins at 7 PM.