US Squash began naming All-Americans this season to recognize the top junior players who compete in high school leagues or tournament play.
Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating were selected as the top players in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization, a regional high school varsity league that just completed its fifth season. Kira finished the season ranked #5 in the nation among all high school girls, while Cameron was ranked #42 among boys. Jeremy Barnes was selected by the coaches in the Washington Area Squash Association league, a local high school club team league that played its inaugural season as a US Squash sanctioned league. Jeremy finished the season ranked #102 among high school boys.
A strong field of National Capital Squash juniors competed at the US Squash National Championships and Silver National Championships. It is an honor to gain entry into either event -- congratulations to all NCS juniors who competed in these championship events!
Kira Keating was the sole NCS junior to compete in the National Championship, open to the top 32 players in the nation. This year's championship was held at Princeton University. Kira won 5 matches in GU19 to win the consolations, good for ninth place. She trounced two players she had never beaten before. Her only loss was a round of 16 match that had two tie breakers and her opponent went on take to fifth place.
Silver National Championships (Philadelphia)
Nghi Nguyen won the GU19 Silver Championship over her Potomac School teammate Isabel Young in a thrilling five game match. Both players had rankings high enough for qualification in the National [...Read More...]
The Potomac Girls Varsity team competed in Division 1 of the High School National Championships, the first time a National Capital girls team has ever competed in the nation's most elite division. At the championships, the Potomac girls got to match ball in an individual match that would have secured at least a top 12 finish, but it slipped away. Still, the girls finished the season with a national ranking of 16, while the Potomac boys took 15th in the nation.
Both the boys and girls teams were undefeated in league play and both teams also beat the top Baltimore high school teams too.
Congratulations to all of the players of each team and to the boys and girls teams head coach Mark Lewis and girls assistant coach Carole Grunberg. The players who competed at the national championship are listed below, along with their national high school rankings:
#1 Theo Mendez #53
#2 Cameron Bahadori (C) [...Read More...]
National Capital Squash (NCS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship program to encourage high school varsity or club teams to participate in the US SQUASH 2014 National High School Championships.
The High School Championships offers divisions for teams at all skill levels. Even if your team has never played in a team tournament, you will be placed in a division that should provide good competition.
There are up to two scholarships for up to two teams. Each scholarship would be for $1500 to pay for entry fees and a portion of other expenses.
Here are the eligibility requirements:
The school has not sent any team to any prior US SQUASH High School Championship.
At least three players on the team must have a US SQUASH junior ranking, which requires participation in at least three sanctioned tournaments in the prior 11 months.
A team must have at least seven players. The players do not all have to be of [...Read More...]
Three National Capital Squash juniors reached the quarterfinals in the US SQUASH Junior Silver Squash Championships that ended Sunday, April 14. Nghi Nguyen played up an age division and recorded the highest finish, reaching the GU19 semifinals where she lost a tightly contested four game match.
Isabel Young, who recently aged out of GU15, had an impressive run, reaching the GU17 quarterfinals in a five game thriller, clinching the final game 15-13! She then narrowly missed reaching the semis, falling in five tough games.
Theo Mendez lost a heart breaker of a match in the round of 16, losing 11-9 in the fifth to the eventual semifinalist. Theo then went on to win the consolations in a very strong 32-player BU17 field.
Zach Najera, who also recently aged up into BU17, played impressively, defeating a higher ranked player from California in the first round. He later lost in five games to the US #63, who reached the consolation semis.
Players from all over the nation descended on the Chevy Chase Athletic Club in March, but NCS juniors won four age groups, nearly sweeping the girls' draws, and made the finals in a two more divisions. Congratulations to these NCS juniors:
BU15 -- Alex Snape, finalist
BU15 -- Liam Rotzoll, 3rd place
BU15 -- Aadil Husain, classic plate winner
BU15 -- Ryan Lovallo, consolation winner
BU17 -- Zach Najera, finalist
BU17 -- Jeremy Barnes, semifinalist
BU17 -- Ben Roth, classic plate winner
BU17 -- Richard Merski, consolation winner
GU11 -- Emma Wolf, winner
GU15 -- Hanna Chaudhry, winner
GU17 -- Katie Correia, winner
GU19 -- Nghi Nguyen, winner
Competing in this event is a major honor for any junior squash player -- it shows the player has reached the top 32 in his age group in the USA. Congratulations to Cameron Bahadori and Kira Keating, who qualified in the BU19 and GU19 divisions.
Kira Keating, who recently aged up into the GU19, finished 13-16th and is currently ranked #12 in the US. Cameron is the #1 ranked NCS junior boy and #40 in the US.
NCS juniors played well the first weekend this month, taking tournament victories in three out of four divisions, by beating back players from Baltimore, Richmond and Charlottesville.
In BU19, Caden Petersmeyer cruised to victory, dropping just one game, in the final, to record his first tournament win. Ian Brown played up an age division and took third place.
Nilay Neelaveni played up an age division into BU15, and battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the semifinal to win in five, before falling in the final in a match that included two tiebreaker games. Michael Lovegrove took third.
Charlie Thomas won all three of his matches without dropping a game to clinch his second impressive tournament win this season in BU11.
Shalika Neelaveni played up an age division and won all her matches by 3-0 scores to clinch the title in GU15, her first tournament [...Read More...]
NCS players won a number of great victories at this tournament, played in February at the Sports Club/LA in Washington DC. Unseeded Ryan Lovallo won in BU15 in a deep 12-player field with competitors from five states and DC. Michael Lovegrove, also unseeded, came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the #1 seed 13-11 in the fifth. He then took third place. Jeremy Barnes played up a division and won BU19 without dropping a game.
Sophia Yazigi win GU15, winning all her matches 3-0 on the way to her first tournament victory. Anna Wasserman played in her first ever tournament in GU19, and clinched the deciding match in five games to secure the win.
Bryan Keating, a 2010 graduate of The Potomac School from Chevy Chase, MD, was named the men's College Squash Player of the Week in February. Now a junior at Cornell University, Keating won the honor for delivering the deciding fifth team match win for Cornell over previously undefeated and #1 ranked Princeton. It was just the second time Cornell had ever defeated Princeton and it was the first home victory [...Read More...]