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...]
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...]
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.
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.
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...]