The Potomac Girls Varsity team competed in Division 1 of the High School National Championships, the first time a National Capital girls team has ever competed in the nation's most elite division. At the championships, the Potomac girls got to match ball in an individual match that would have secured at least a top 12 finish, but it slipped away. Still, the girls finished the season with a national ranking of 16, while the Potomac boys took 15th in the nation.
Both the boys and girls teams were undefeated in league play and both teams also beat the top Baltimore high school teams too.
Congratulations to all of the players of each team and to the boys and girls teams head coach Mark Lewis and girls assistant coach Carole Grunberg. The players who competed at the national championship are listed below, along with their national high school rankings:
#1 Theo Mendez #53
#2 Cameron Bahadori (C) [...Read More...]
National Capital Squash (NCS) players enjoyed playing the US Masters Championship last month at the fantastic new McArthur Squash Center facility at Boars Head (University of Virginia).
Congratulations to Carole Grunberg, who took top honors in the Women 55+ division in a tightly contested draw.
Results The Gym Head Pro Brian O'Hora reached the finals in the highly competitive Men's 35+ division. Brian dispatched the #2 seed in three easy games, but fell in four games in the final.
Bruce Simons-Morton knocked off the Men's 65+ #1 seed in the quarters, with a tremendous comeback after trailing 2-1. He came close, but lost the final in five games.
Other notable NCS player results:
Men 40+: Jahangir Naseem, semifinalist
Women 35/40+: Leslie Connolly, consolations winner
Men 50+: Bryce Harding, consolation finalist
Men 55+: Raja Arshad, consolation finalist
The U.S. National Women’s Team Championships will be hosted by the women of National Capital Squash, Nov 14-16, at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. There will be 5-women team draws in the A, B, C, and D divisions, and Doubles draws in the A and B divisions.
For more information, contact NCS VP-Women, AJ Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday March 30 at the Potomac School courts, a 9-member team of selected National Capital Squash (NCS) women squash players took on their rivals from Baltimore in pursuit of the 2014 Lacy Cup, the annual DC-vs-Baltimore women's team competition.
The bottom of the Baltimore ladder consisted of four young ladies from Baltimore's urban squash program, SquashWise. NCS newcomer and #9 player Claire Huschle lost 3-0 to her Baltimore opponent, as did #8 Maureen Wylie. Another NCS newcomer, Elizabeth Holdefer, fought a good battle at the #7 position and ultimately lost 3-1.
The momentum shifted in the middle of the ladder, as Cindy Vojtech playing at the #6 position took her Baltimore opponent in 4 games. NCS #5 Ubu Grace Hoshizaki and #6 Donna Sharpe both swept their Baltimore opponents, 3-0. Potomac School student Isabel Young playing at [...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...]