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Stilwell, Craig Win Titles at National Skill Levels

It was an all Stilwell final at the US Squash Skill Level Championships in the Men’s 4.5 with unseeded Tyler beating #1 seed Justin in four games.

Carson Craig won the Men’s 4.0, dropping just one game in the whole tournament.

Jahangir Naseem reached the semis of the Men's 6.0 (the highest skill level division) where he lost in four games to the eventual winner of the tournament.

Abir Ray won the consolation finals of the Men 4.5.

Ross Campbell reached the consolation finals of the Men 5.0.

Potomac Fever and Wintersun Winners

Congratulations to the NCS Winners at the Potomac Fever (March 4) and Wintersun (March 16) tournaments in these divisions:

Potomac Fever

Open 5.0 -- Ben Rind
Women’s 4.0 -- Sarah Davidson
Open 3.5 -- Syed Ali
Open 2.5 -- Chris Doerr
Women’s 2.5 -- Hitomi Miyake
Men’s 50+ -- Ross Campbell
Men’s 60+ -- Bruce Simons-Morton

Wintersun Report

Carroll Cavanagh won the Men’s 5.0, beating Rod Barnes in five games, including a 12-10 tie breaker in the fifth.  Brent Harris won the 4.0 over Jacq Barnes in a tight four game final.  Two top juniors had a tight four game final in the 3.0 with Liam Rotzoll beating Zach Najera.  Zach won the 2.0.

NCS Players Shine at Masters

Jahangir Naseem reached the finals of the men’s 40+ at the U.S. Masters Squash Championships where he lost in five games.

Carole Grunberg reached the semis of the Women’s 55+, where she lost a tight 4 game match to the winner of the tournament, who won in three games.  Carole won the third place match in four games.

AJ Copeland won the women’s 50+ consolation final.  Deb Phippard reached the consolation finals of the women’s 45+.

Bruce Simons-Morton beat Andrew Strasfogel in the 5th place match that went to five games in the men’s 65+.

Terry Hindermann and Bryce Harding reached the quarterfinals in the men’s 50+.

Thank You Gus Cook

A great friend of squash, Gus Cook, has decided that after 10 years building and directing the squash program at The Country Club of Virginia, it was time to move on.  NCS members likely know about Gus’s role with the excellent Total Squash Camps at Episcopal High School in Alexandria for adults and juniors that are held each summer and his role with the fabulous North American Open, one of the premier PSA tournaments in the World.  During this time a great number of fine juniors have emerged from the Richmond area thanks in part to his commitment to help build a solid junior program.

Prior to moving to live in Richmond Gus coached the Boys and Girls Varsity and JV teams at Episcopal High School for three seasons and was the head professional at the Meadow Mill club in Baltimore for a short time. He has intimated that he would like to remain involved with promoting the sport throughout this region with [...Read More...]

End of Season Party, University Club 6-8 PM

All NCS League squash players and members (and fellow squash enthusiasts) are invited to attend the End of Season Party to celebrate a successful 2011-2012 NCS league season! Please join us at the Racquet and Sports lounge located in the basement level of the University Club at 1135 16th St NW, Washington, DC. If the weather is nice, we may move up to the roof!

We will have a short Awards Ceremony to honor the season's winning teams at 7, and then we will raffle off door prizes to those at the party.

So please come and enjoy Happy Hour prices all night and walk away with new gear for the Summer League! Hope to see you there!

Our Facebook event page has a list of who is coming, so if you're on Facebook and plan to attend, click on the "going" button to let others know you'll be there. RSVP is not necessary.

Per the University Club, Monday through [...Read More...]

University Club and Potomac Squash Club advance to finals of Division 5 Playoff

That was close! #1 seed University Club defeats #4 seed Regency in the first round of the division 5 playoffs. Matches were tied at 2-2; games were tied at 8-8. It went to total points scored, and UC had 202 to Regency's 201! #2 Potomac Squash Club defeated Results the Gym 4-0, winning all games.

Amanda Sobhy wins $10K National Capital Open

College Squash champion  and USA#1 Amanda Sobhy cruised to victory over a strong field at last weekend's National Capital Open.  Amanda did not drop a game in the entire tournament, and her closest match only allowed 20 points to her opponent.

Complete results are here.

GWU Men Win College Squash Title

GWU Men Win College Squash Title

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...]

Potomac Boys Varsity Team Wins MASO Championship

Potomac Boys Varsity Team Wins MASO Championship

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.

WSA (Women’s Pro Squash) National Capital Open 2012

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...]

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