The George Washington University Men's Squash won its first national title Sunday by defeating Colby College 5-4. It was the team's first national championship, which was in the Summers Cup division, which is played among teams ranked from 17-24.
The final was not as close as the score may have indicated -- three of Colby's wins came in matches that went the distance to five games, while four of GWU's wins were by 3-0 scores and one that went to five games.
GWU's Islam El-Fiky at #1), Omar Sobhy (#2) and Jose Calderon (#4) were undefeated during the tournament. Adam Pistel (#3) and Larkin Brinkworth (#6) added wins in the final to clinch the title.
Head coach Wendy Lawrence was quoted in the GWU's student newspaper as saying, “For the seniors to go out winning is great, and we will miss them. We do have great juniors and sophomores who are fantastic players as well. Obviously, winning the Summers Cup makes my life easier as a [...Read More...]
The Potomac Boys Varsity pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization team championship Feb. 18.
Going into the final two matches, Potomac trailed by a 2-3 score when senior co-captains Geoffrey Keating (#1) and Michael DeSantis (#4) began their matches. Keating won a bruising victory in four games over Pep Ruckpanich, who frequently crashed into Keating before asking for a let.
With the match tied at three all, St. Andrews gained momentum when Rob Ramussen took the first two games. But DeSantis kept pushing, taking games three, four and five, giving Potomac a dramatic win.
Theo Mendez also won at #2, coming back from a 0-2 deficit to win. Cameron Bahardori also won at #3 for Potomac.
Mercersburg Academy won the girls draw, beating Potomac 4-3.
Come see Women's Pro Squash March 14-18 at the Chevy Chase Athletic Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on tickets or sponsorship, click here.
The tournament will feature 20 of the top 100 women players in the world, including, Amanda Sohby, who the highest ranked US player (male or female) in the last 2 decades. A former junior world champion, she is the only player in the history of women’s professional squash to have won three international tournaments before the age of 17.
The tournament is still looking for sponsors for the tournament - details may be found here.
The NCO is a fund raiser for SquashEmpower, our charitable affiliation (501c3 organization) and as such your contribution may [...Read More...]
The Potomac School Girl's Varsity team defeated Baltimore's powerhouse Roland Park Country School, which was ranked in the top 16 nationally last season, by 6-3 margin Wednesday. Potomac's Emma Resor, Stacey Chiu and Nicole Huang won nail biter matches that that went to five games on Roland Park's home courts.
Potomac's Boys and Girls Varsity teams have both been tentatively seeded in the elite division II of the US SQUASH High School Championships, which will be held next weekend at Yale University and other venues near New Haven.
Three NCS juniors played deep into the first-ever US SQUASH Junior Championship Tournament held in the Mid-Atlantic region earlier this month. This super elite tournament is open to the nation's top 32 players who apply to play.
Kira Keating reached the quarterfinals before falling to the tournament winner in GU 17. Camille Lanier reached the GU 19 consolation finals and Theo Mendez reached the consolation semis, where he lost a tight five game match to the consolation winner.
Hanna Chaudhry won every game with players from as far away as Ohio as she cruised to victory in The Trifecta 2 Silver last weekend. Hanna had reached the finals of several Silver level tournaments, and congratulations to her on her first tournament win.
Isabel Young and Diana Halikias knocked off the #1 and #2 seeds to reach the semifinals of the GU15 draw. Diana won the third place match over Isabel in a five game thriller.
Cameron Bahadori played up an age division and still crushed his opponents with 3-0 wins on the way to victory in BU19.
Taimur Chaudhry reached the quarterfinals in BU17, where he played a tight five game match to the eventual winner of the tournament. That match featured a first game that went to an 18-16 score. Sandeep Rishi won the consolation finals in five games over Evan Brown.
In BU 15, Jeremy Barnes and Jack Quamme reached the quarterfinals and Jack won the 5th place match 3-0. In BU [...Read More...]
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...]
NBC4 did a nice video on local junior star Camille Lanier.
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.
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 email@example.com to let her know what days and times work for you. Programming will be held 1.5 hrs for 2 mornings per week.