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Howe Cup 2014 — Save the date — Nov. 14-16

 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 ajcopeland@copelandco.com.

Baltimore defeats National Capital in 5-4 Lacy Cup thriller

Baltimore defeats National Capital in 5-4 Lacy Cup thriller



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...]

Women’s Squash Night Report

Women’s Squash Night Report

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 NCS Juniors Reach Quarterfinals at Silver Nationals

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.
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NCS Players Win Two National Titles at US Skill Level Championships

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.

Other Highlights:
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

Grunberg Wins National Title at US Masters Squash Championships

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...]

Two NCS Juniors Compete at US Junior National Championships

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 Named College Player of the Week

Bryan Keating Named College Player of the Week


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...]

National Capitol Open Final Sets PSA Record

National Capitol Open Final  Sets PSA Record


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...]

February Tournament Reports

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

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