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The FitzGerald Cup recaptured by Washington!

Prepared by Co-captains Glenn Canner and Malcolm Jensen

The 64th annual FitzGerald Cup competition between Washington and Baltimore was played on January 21st at the University Club of Washington, DC, with the home team recapturing the cup which had stayed briefly with our friends from the North.  By winning for the tenth time in the past eleven years, the Washington team extended its overall historic dominance to forty-five wins with only nineteen losses.

The Washington team won twelve matches this year while losing only one.  Several of the matches were much more exciting than the overall score might suggest.  Jonathan Lam, after losing the first two games to the Baltimore team’s brilliantly crafty Riaz Arshad, came back to win in five.  Glenn Canner, Washington’s co-captain, survived three match balls to eke out a win over Baltimore’s co-captain (and long time FitzGerald Cup benefactor), Bob Travers.

Another particularly tight [...Read More...]

Camille Lanier profiled on NBC4

Camille Lanier profiled on NBC4

NBC4 did a nice video on local junior star Camille Lanier.


Challenge Court, Coaching and Social Starts Jan. 6

Friday night socials, coaching and challenge court commence at Chevy Chase Athletic Club Jan. 6 and will be held every Friday from 7 - 9 pm.

Chevy Chase Athletic Club free, CCAC nonmembers $15, NCS members get $5 discount.

This is a great way to meet some new players and other members at the club and the area.

Women’s Daytime Squash to Begin in January

Chevy Chase Athletic Club is starting a women's daytime squash program in January.  It is for women of all levels and ages and will be very social. Contact Connie Barnes for details at conniebarnes@aussienicksquash.com to let her know what days and times work for you.  Programming will be held 1.5 hrs for 2 mornings per week.

Northern Virginia Bronze Report

Northern Virginia Bronze Report

The Northern Virginia Bronze, held at Potomac Squash Club (in Maryland) Dec. 17-18, was organized by Jahangir Naseem and attracted a large field of nearly fifty players.

Cyrus Nassikas cruised to victory in BU19, winning every game of every match.

Zach Najera (pictured here with Jahangir Naseem) won the BU15 division, winning the final against #1 seed Ben Roth in four games.

Rising star Ryan Lovallo knocked out BU13 #1 seed Saad Qazi in the semis in a tough five game match, then went on to win the finals in another tight five game match over unseeded Alex Snape.  He won game five 12-10!  Qazi took the third place match over Conner Elder.

In BU11, Erik Barker won the final in another five-game thriller over finalist Aden Brody-Ogborn.

Katie Schluntz won all games in all her [...Read More...]

Washington Post Video Profiles Jacqueline Barnes

The Washington Post did a video profile of Jacqueline Barnes. Click here or on "read more" from the front page of the website to watch it in the juniors section of our website.

If the video does not appear below, click here to go to the Washington Post website to see it there.

Kira Keating Profiled in the Gazette

The Montgomery Gazette profiled sophomore Kira Keating's role in the National Capital Squash's team win at the 2011 U.S. Squash Women’s Team Championships.

Excerpt:

An avid soccer player when she was younger, Potomac School (Va.) sophomore Kira Keating of Bethesda said she took up squash in 2007 because her two older brothers played the sport and it looked like fun.

But losing her first eight matches in sanctioned competition that year was slightly less enjoyable, Keating said.

“I’m really competitive so I kept wanting to go to more tournaments so I would finally win one,” she said. “ spanned a couple tournaments.”

Rather than turn her back on the sport, however, Keating said she found motivation in those early struggles.

“I won my first match in probably my third tournament and it felt amazing,” she said.

Keating has come a long way in five years. Last month, she [...Read More...]

NCS Juniors Win Upsets at Capitol Hill Classic

NCS Juniors Win Upsets at Capitol Hill Classic

Despite an influx of players from New York to Georgia, NCS juniors more than held their own at the Capitol Hill Classic Bronze Nov. 11-13, 2011.

In the GU 15 division, Taylor Nides won all five of her matches.  She upset a nationally-ranked New Yorker ranked nearly 50 spots ahead of her in a thrilling five game match to secure the tournament championship. Isabel Young took third place.

In BU 13, Ryan Lovallo (in photo) scored another upset, winning the finals in a tough five-game match over a New Jersey boy ranked nearly 100 spots ahead of him. It was Ryan's first tournament win! Playing in his first ever tournament, Alex Snape took third place, an excellent start for a novice tournament player.

In BU 15, Zach Najera took third place in full 16-player draw by winning a tight five-game match. It was Zach's second tournament, an [...Read More...]

Three NCS Junior Women Reach Quarterfinals in JCT!

Three NCS Junior Women Reach Quarterfinals in JCT!



Congratulations to Camille Lanier (GU19), Jacqueline Barnes (GU17) and Kira Keating (GU17), who each reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Championship Tournament (JCT) in New York City last weekend. It's believed to be the first time that three NCS junior women have reached the quarters at a JCT or national selection event.

The JCTs are the highest level of junior tournaments in the US and each of these events is open only to the top-ranked 32 players in the nation who apply to play in them.

Howe Cup 2011 Report

Howe Cup 2011 Report



by AJ Copeland, VP for Women


Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore hosted the U.S. Women’s Team Championship, also known as the Howe Cup, over the weekend of Oct 21-23, 2011. The annual women’s five-person team event began in 1928 as an inter-city competition between New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, and received the Howe Cup designation in 1955 when a permanent trophy was donated. The B Division was started in 1958, and a C Division added in 1968. The D Division was first played in 2003 and formally sanctioned with a trophy in 2008.

Participation has grown, and this year over 200 women representing 36 teams competed for titles awarded in four divisions.

With a total of 8 teams competing, National Capital represented more than 20% of all players and had more singles teams registered than any other city including Baltimore, and was the only city to field two “A” [...Read More...]

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