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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what days and times work for you. Programming will be held 1.5 hrs for 2 mornings per week.
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...]
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.
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.
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...]
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...]
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.
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...]
Congratulations to the following NCS Juniors who won the 2010-2011 US SQUASH scholar athlete award:
Be sure to attend the December 10 Grand opening party at Chevy Chase Athletic Club with an exhibition match and clinics by the pros! They will be celebrating the brand new three international singles courts!
The party and exhibition match is from 7 PM to 11 PM at Chevy Chase Athletic Club, located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave in Chevy Chase. There will be great wine tasting, great food, and it's free. The exhibition match is at 8 PM. To attend, please register at:
Clinics with the Pros
Ryan Cuskelly is no stranger to the National Capital area – he starred as the #1 player on the DC team that played against Trinity in the tremendous event we held last year. Ryan is an Australian player ranked # 41 in the world.
Zac Alexander, also an Australian is ranked # 57 in the US [...Read More...]
The College Squash Association today released their preseason rankings, and the George Washington University Women's Varsity Team is now ranked #14 nationally, up one position from the end of last year.
Last year's end of season ranking of 15 was the best in school history. According to a preseason review of the team, there are three new players in "sophomore transfer Adrianna Calderon, who hails from Bogotá, Colombia; Charlotte Merison, a graduate of Taft; and Margeaux Abrams, an alum of Lower Merion High School."
GW has few home matches this season, with the most competitive against the #28 ranked St. Lawrence team on Jan. 16.