Setting a new record for playing far from our area, Jacqueline Barnes recently won the consolation final at the Australian Junior National Championships, beating the nation's #7 and #8 ranked players in three games in each match. In the first round, she lost a tight four-game match to the player who took 3rd place. At the Women's Squash Association Ipswich Open last week, Barnes took former Women's World #60 Zoe Petrovansky to four games.
Over 200 players from 15 states plus Canada competed last month in the largest and strongest junior field ever to play in our area. Twenty three NCS juniors competed and proved our region is now home to some of the nation's top players. NCS thanks George Washington University, Sports Club/LA, Bethesda Sport & Health, Results, The Gym and University Club for hosting the matches.
Congratulations to Kira Keating, who won GU17; Shalika Neelaveni, who took 5th in GU11; and Cameron [...Read More...]
NCS Women Take Howe Cup "C" Title
National Capital Squash sent three teams to Seattle last weekend to compete in the annual U.S. Women's Team Championship, better known as the Howe Cup. The B team, captained by AJ Copeland, won their pool in round robin play and then lost two tough matches to a strong Seattle team and a tough California team, finishing third in a field of 9 teams. One of two C teams, the National Capital Squashers, captained by Mona Butterfield, won all their matches including a 3-2 nail-biter against the hometown favorite Seattle team in the finals, taking first place. Congratulations to Squashers Candance Craig, Mary Coolidge, Wendy Hall, Sydney Ku and Cindy Vojtech on the win. The second C team, captained by Christi Tezak, played valiantly and had fun. Of note, only Seattle had more teams than National Capital Squash in the Howe Cup as a whole.
NCS Season Opener Tournament
The NCS Season Opener tournament was hosted [...Read More...]
Squash League -- Sign up Now
Teams are forming now for ALL skill levels -- from novice to expert -- for league play from November to March. Juniors are welcome to play on teams too.
If you have not played in a squash league before, it is a great way to meet other squash players in the area at your skill level and play in a team setting, which is a lot of fun! You don't have to play every week as teams have rosters with extra players.
Click here to get more info on each squash club's teams and how to join a team. Teams are open to men and women as well as adults and juniors.
If your club does not have a team listed at your skill level or has too many players, register your interest [...Read More...]
Jacqueline Barnes won the consolation final at the Australian Junior Championships, beating the #7 and #8 seeds in three games. In the first round, she lost a tight four-game match to the player who eventually won 3rd place.
See complete results here.
Play squash for fun with equipment from good old days! The Sports Club/LA will provide players with lively one-dot Dunlop balls and authentic smaller-headed racquets from the Seventies and Eighties.
Players will be assigned handicaps based on skill level. Everyone has a good chance of beating the best player. Each player will receive a beautiful commemorative polo shirt and a ticket for a raffle of great squash equipment! One day only on Saturday 10th November. Anyone can enter!
Zach Najera traveled up to Pittsburgh last weekend and won the BU15 Draw at the Three Rivers Open Silver, crushing the competition from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania by 3-0 match scores. Congratulations!
Squash giants Gregory Gaultier and Amr Shabana will grind it out on Sunday October 14th at 12:00 Noon!
$40 p.p. to watch
See AussieNick Squash for details
Jacqueline Barnes is one of the region's top junior squash players. She graduated from Whitman High School and will attend George Washington University in 2014. She is currently taking a gap year while she trains in Australia with the Australian Juniors team with the goal of qualifying for the World Junior Squash Championships July 2013.
She is in town for two weeks and is on a mission to show as many local children (and their moms) as possible what a great game squash is!
On the following days she will use the Chevy Chase Athletic Club squash courts to show your child how to play - it's free. There is also a special mom's only session August 18.
The only requirement is that you and your child must wear non marking shoes so as to not mark the wooden floors. Equipment is provided.
August 13 - 17 from 12 - 1pm
Monday -- High School and middle school students
Tuesday -- Middle [...Read More...]
Total Squash Clinic with Mike Way, June 16-17
Everyone who has ever taken this clinic at Episcopal High School in Alexandria raves about it. This year it is headlined by Mike Way, the current Harvard Varsity Mens and Womens Squash Teams coach. Way was coach to world champions Jonathan Power and Sarah Fitzgerald and was recently the head squash coach at the National Squash Training Centre in Canada. There is an all-star line up of coaches with Way, Brian O'Hora, Mark Lewis and Gus Cook (English level 3 certified coach). Learn more and register here. Just 8 spots were left as of May 28.
Greg Gaultier and Shahier Razik Adult Clinics at Chevy Chase Athletic Club July 27
Greg Gaultier is one of the [...Read More...]
There are many squash camps in our area that provide instruction from beginner through nationally-ranked elite levels. This page summarizes the camps in our area, with links more information for each camp.
AussieNick Squash Camps.
These are available every week from June 18 through August 20 (ending on Aug. 24). These day camps are held at Chevy Chase Athletic Club, with the exception of one sleep away camp in Plains VA. Coaches include Squash maestros Greg Gaultier (former World champion) and Shahier Razik (#26 PSA ranking) , Director of Squash Connie Barnes, elite coach Rod Barnes, Squash Coach legend Australian Marc Forster, Mir Zaman Gul (former world #6 player), PSA player Lekgotla Mosope and members of the GWU team. More information and an online registration form is [...Read More...]