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NCS Junior Awards — Strongest Group Ever

May 21st, 2019

National Capital Squash presented its annual junior awards Saturday, May 18, to the top junior players in the National Capital Squash (NCS) district. It was believed to be the strongest group of junior players in NCS history.

The top award, the MVP award, was given to the highest ranked juniors. This year’s winners were Arjith Mathew, Boys Under 13; Matthew Granovsky, Boys Under 17; Liam Rotzoll, Boys Under 19; Khadija Elhaddad, Girls Under 11; Elise Kang, Girls Under 13; Erica Maebius, Girls Under 15; Sofia L. Arseniev, Girls Under 17; and Emma V Wolf, Girls Under 17.

Some of the MVP Award Winners

The rookies of the year award is given to the highest ranked players in their first full season of competition. This year, the winners were Sami Garside (BU13) and Uma Patnaik (GU13).

Rookies of the Year

The most improved award winners racked up incredible improvements since 2018. All the winners improved their skill ratings by between 0.8 and 0.92 skill rating points! The winners were Ellis Chung, Girls U13 and U15 and Elise Kang, Girls U13 and U15 (tie); Madeleine Drefke, Girls U17 and U19; Noah C Cha, Boys U13 and U15; and Alex Akbari, Boys U17 and U19.

The All Star Awards were given to the following players: Julian Jinich, Boys Under 13; Lucas Bitar, Boys Under 13; Benjamin Choi, Boys Under 15; Zaid Nasr, Boys Under 15; Christopher Kang, Boys Under 17; Cameron Darnell, Boys Under 19; Akaisha Bhatia, Girls Under 11; Ellis Chung, Girls Under 13; Caroline Dupree, Girls Under 13; Layah Nasr, Girls Under 15; Madeleine Drefke, Girls Under 17; and Aalia N. Husain, Girls Under 17.

Some of the All Star Award Winners

A complete list of award winners appears here. Congratulations to all of them!

2020 High School Team Scholarships Deadline Jan. 7, 2020

August 12th, 2018
December 31, 2018
4:00 am

National Capital Squash (NCS) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to encourage high school varsity or club teams to participate in the US SQUASH 2020 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 up to $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.
  • The team must have played team matches recorded in the US SQUASH database against other teams (ideally, at least four such matches prior to the seeding of the High School Championship).
  • A team must have at least seven players.  The players do not all have to be of high school age, but must be enrolled at a school that has a high school with a team, as is the case at many private schools, or feeds into a high school with a team, as at many public schools.
  • Teams may be varsity or club teams.
  • Teams must be eligible under US Squash rules for the event.  (See the rules tab.)
  • All players on the team must be US SQUASH – NCS members (membership in US SQUASH provides automatic NCS membership) prior to entering in the tournament.
  • All players on the team must be a US SQUASH certified “club level” referee prior to the US SQUASH regular entry deadline.  Certification is done through an online referee exam, which is an open book test.

Entry fees are $825 per team (fees are refundable prior to Jan. 17, 2020) .  You MUST enter the event by Jan. 17, 2020 at 12 Noon. Additionally, teams usually need to stay in a hotel for two nights, and there are other travel expenses.  The 2020 championship will take place in the Hartford, CT area.

Application procedure:

Teams must apply at least by Jan. 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Please fill out the online entry form.

Scholarship award criteria:

The scholarships, if any are awarded, will be awarded based on the strongest applications.  The decision will be made by a panel that consists of the National Capital Squash Executive Committee and the NCS Vice President for Juniors and Vice President for Membership.  NCS reserves the right to not award any scholarships.

Applications will be based on the following criteria:

  • The number of nationally ranked players on the team roster.
  • The number of players with skill ratings on the team roster.
  • The ranking or skill level of the players on the roster.
  • Evidence indicating the team has secured or has a sound plan to secure additional funds necessary in order to compete at the tournament, transportation plans and adult supervision for the trip.
  • A description of the team’s progress this year and its plans to increase participation in squash at its school.
  • A team’s plan for competing at the national championship in future years.
  • The number of players on the roster who have referee certification prior to the application deadline.
  • How early the application has been submitted.

If after submitting your application, you wish to revise it, just apply again.  The last application completed before the deadline will be the one we will evaluate.

We plan to announce the winners of the scholarships by January 12, 2020 at 10 PM.  However, if we believe the application is strong, we may announce a scholarship award at any time. Early applications are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

If your team is awarded a scholarship, your team will have until January 17, 2020 at Noon to enter the event.  Please be sure that at least seven team members have US SQUASH/NCS membership and are certified referees by this scholarship deadline for entering the tournament.  If your team fails to enter the tournament according to our rules prior to the deadline, we reserve the right to cancel your scholarship and/or award it to a wait listed team.

National Capital Squash will reimburse up to $1500 for the following expenses: entry fees; travel expenses (train, bus or up to $0.50 per mile for up to two vehicles); and hotel accommodations for up to five rooms per night at up to $130 per night for two nights.  Receipts must be provided in order to receive reimbursement.  No other expenses are eligible for reimbursement.  If a team does not use the full scholarship amount, it may apply the balance toward its participation in the 2021 championship.

Liam Rotzoll Brings Home Bronze Medal from PanAm Juniors

August 3rd, 2018

Combined Reporting from US Squash and National Capital Squash

Team USA ended its 2018 Pan American Junior Championships campaign by claiming bronze medals in both the girls’ and boys’ team competitions June 23, 2018 at the Capitol Squash Center in Brasilia, Brazil.

The U.S. delegation returned home with a total of five medals, including the girls’ and boys team bronzes.

Liam Rotzoll (right) celebrates bronze medal with Team USA teammates in Brazil.

The boys’ team, including National Capital Squash Junior Liam Rotzoll, outperformed their eight seeding by making a surprise run to the semifinals. The U.S. boys clinched a spot in the semis with of an upset over four seeds Mexico in the quarterfinals. The boys eventually fell against a strong Canadian team in the semifinals, consigning the U.S. to bronze medals.

Prior to the team championship, Liam competed in the individual event.  Despite a 17/32 seeding, he shocked a 5/8 seed from Mexico, coming back from 2-1 to take the thrilling match 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 13-11, 14-12.


The boys’ team included Cullen Little (U19), Liam Rotzoll (U19), Myles McIntyre (U17) and Nick Spizzirri (U17). The girls’ team included Claire Aube (U19), Haley Aube (U19), Jesse Brownell (U17) and Ashley Manning (U17).

“Overall a very good performance from Team USA,” Rocha said. “More and more countries are taking part in this event and it’s certainly raised the bar, competition has gotten tougher. The kids adapted quickly to weather and court conditions and also to the softball doubles format, which they rarely play. Getting on the podium for the doubles divisions was definitely part of our goal since other countries spend a fair amount practicing it. It was a fantastic experience for everyone especially for the younger team members.”

The 2018 squad matched 2017 with a total of five medals. Twelve nations from North and South American competed for the twenty-one medals on offer.

Kira Keating earns All-American Honors at College Individuals

August 1st, 2018

Princeton Senior and co-captain Kira Keating won two upsets to win her draw at the College Individual Championships. The winners of the four 16-player Holleran draws earn four of the Second Team All-American honors.

Kira, who grew up in Chevy Chase and went to Potomac High School, was seeded 7th. After knocking out George Washington’s #2 player in the first round, she faced Grace Doyle, who played #3 for Princeton.  Kira easily took the first game, then was trounced in the second. The third game was a real battle, with Kira edging  out a 13-11 win and then closing out game four 11-7.

Kira Keating joined First Team All-American and co-captain Olivia Fiechter (left), and coaches Gail Ramsey and Tyler Osborne, to celebrate her win in the final.

In the semis, she faced yet another teammate, Kate Feeley, who upset Dartmouth’s #1 and then Stanford’s #3 player.  Kira prevailed 3-0.

As reported by Princeton University News:

Kira Keating came into the final day of her collegiate career with 48 victories for the Princeton women’s squash team, a remarkable total for one of the Tigers’ most consistent players.

Her 49th win, a marathon victory over one of the brightest members of the Princeton present and future, is one she won’t soon forget. It was the one that punctuated her career with an All-America finish. Keating defeated freshman teammate and 2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Raneem El Torky 15-13, 7-11, 11-7, 1-11, 11-7 to clinch second-team All-America honors.

The first game was a marathon, with both players trading points until Kira finally prevailed 15-13. El Torky took the next game 11-7, and Kira took the third 11-7. El Torky went on a tear, taking the fourth game 11-1 and then  built an seemingly insurmountable 7-3 edge in game five. But the tables turned and Kira ran off eight straight unanswered points to clinch the win 11-7.

2018 Silver and Bronze National Championships Report

August 1st, 2018

National Capital juniors racked up many impressive results at the US Squash Silver National Championships, held at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore.  Three made the finals.

Emma Wolf, who played up an age group into GU19 and was seeded 14th, beat the #3 seed 3-0 in the round of 16. She won the final in five closely contested games.

Emma Wolf (right) sends her opponent scrambling in the GU19 final.

Ellis Chung took the GU11 title, scoring an upset over the #1 seed in the quarterfinals in four games. She went on to win the final in five games.

Sofia Arseniev (GU15) dropped just one game on the way to the final, where she lost in four close games.

Rohan Bhatia, down 2-1 in games, came back with 11-9 and 12-10 wins to take 5th in BU13.

Aalia Husain made the quarterfinals in GU15. Erica Maebius, finished 10th in GU15 and took the semifinalist to five games in the first round.

Alex Akbari, BU15, finished 13-16.

US Squash Most Improved Award for Silver Nationals

Congratulations to Arjith  Mathew, who won the William T. Ketcham Jr. Most Improved Award among Silver National Championship players.

Bronze National Championships Report

Congratulations to the following players who finished in the top half of their draws:

Charlotte Vengrin, GU13, finalist
Alizeh Haroon, GU15, 4th
Mikail Haroon, BU17, 5th


U.S. Junior Squash Championships Report

June 18th, 2018

Congratulations to the two National Capital juniors who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Junior Squash Championships. Only the top 32 US citizens who enter each age group division (16 in U11) get to compete in this super-elite tournament. Simply qualifying for this tournament is a very high honor.

BU19 Liam Rotzoll upset the #3 seed in the round of BU19 and finished 7-8.  Last year he won the Silver Nationals title in BU17, so this is incredible improvement.

Christopher Kang, BU15, also qualified for this honor for the first time.

Bahadori, Keating Earn CSA Scholar Athlete Awards

May 18th, 2018

Amherst Senior Cameron Bahadori and Princeton Senior Kira Keating earned the College Squash Association’s Scholar Athlete Award.

The honor is granted to juniors or seniors who have played on the team throughout their college career, participated in the majority of the team’s matches in the top-10 of the lineup during the season, and achieved a high academic standing at their institution. For full criteria, please see here.

CSA Scholar Athletes represent the values of the association and student athletics—players achieving a high level of play on court while excelling in the classroom. The association congratulates all of this year’s awardees.

Aalia Husain named Mid-Atlantic All American

May 18th, 2018

Congratulations Aalia Husain, Potomac, MD, Potomac School, who was awarded All-American honors by the coaches in MASO high school league.

All-American recognition honors those players who have achieved at the highest level of competitive excellence in junior squash.

Recipients are selected through two pathways: junior players ranked in the top eight of the boys’ and girls’ U19 division and top four of the boys’ and girls’ U17 division; and players voted on by coaches and league administrators of US Squash-accredited high school leagues.

Here is the complete list of All-Americans as published by US Squash.



NCS Juniors Win Five of Nine Titles at Mid-Atlantic Championships

October 22nd, 2017

National Capital Squash juniors took home four of the five titles in the girls divisions and BU15 to score wins in over half the divisions at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships, which were played at Squash on Fire Oct. 21-22.  The tournament was open to juniors from Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

NCS junior girls swept the top two positions in GU19, GU13 and GU11.  Hanna Chaudhry dropped just one game in GU19, to finalist Shalika Neelaveni.  It was Hanna’s third regional title. Khadija Elhaddad won GU11, beating Caroline Dupree, who knocked out the #2 seed from Baltimore with a 3-0 win.  GU13s Layah Nasr and Elise Kang swept the top two spots, with each reaching the finals with consecutive 3-0 wins.

Aalia Husain edged the #3 seed Erica Maebius in a closely contested five game match in the GU15 semis.  Aalia then beat the #1 seed 3-0 in the final, her third regional title, while Erica easily took third.  Emma Wolf reached the finals in GU17 before losing to the #1 seed from Baltimore.

NCS BU15s took three of the top four spots in that draw.  Christopher Kang dominated the division, winning all four of his matches by 3-0 scores to secure his first-ever regional title. The #1 seed from Baltimore gave him the toughest match, in the final, but even he fell by a score of 6, 5, 6.  Eric Lovallo took third and Alex Akbari finished fourth.

Matthew Granovsky took fifth place in BU17 after losing to the eventual winner and #1 seed in a competitive quarterfinal match.



WUSA-9 TV reports on squash at Episcopal High School

December 14th, 2015

You can view the video online here.

Cameron Bahadori, Kira Keating and Jeremy Barnes win All-American awards

June 4th, 2014

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.

11 National Capital Juniors Compete at National Championships

June 4th, 2014

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 Championship, but for various reasons could not play in it.  Instead both played up an age division and reached the finals in the Silvers. Nghi was just the second player in NCS history to win a Silver National title, which Jacqueline Barnes previously did twice.

Theo Mendez took the eventual BU19 champion to 11-9 in the fifth game in a quarterfinals match. Theo then cruised to victory in the classic plate to capture fifth place.

Zach Najera reached the quarterfinals of BU17, where he lost in a heartbreakingly close match, 13-11 in the fifth, to a player who made the finals.

Annika Townsend reached the GU11 semifinals where she had to withdraw in game three due to an injury.

Alex Snape gained entry to the BU15 division by writing US Squash to point out a ranking error in the cut list. After taking one of the last two spots in the event, he reached the BU15 consolation semis, where he lost 11-8 in the fifth to the eventual consolation winner.

GU17 Taylor Nides scored a first round upset over a higher seeded player before winding up with a solid 17th to 24th finish. BU11 Eric Lovallo also had a solid 17-24 finish.

Also competing were Katie Correia and David Katzman. The Silver Nationals are closed to the top 32 ranked players, and the next best 32 ranked players gain entry to this elite event.

Potomac School Boys and Girls Varsity teams earn top 16 national rankings

June 4th, 2014

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:

Potomac Boys:

#1 Theo Mendez #53

#2 Cameron Bahadori (C) #42

#3 Zach Najera #75

#4 Sandeep Rishi (C) #106

#5 Alex Snape #171

#6 Caden Petersmeyer (C) #220

#7 James Matthews #293

#8 Evan May #316

Potomac Girls

#1 Kira Keating (C) #5

#2 Nghi Nguyen #35

#3 Isabel Young #33

#4 Katie Correia #115

#5 Katie Schluntz #130

#6 Anna Wasserman #207

#7 Christine Giuliano #209

#8 Madeline Brennan #308



Three NCS Juniors Reach Quarterfinals at Silver Nationals

April 21st, 2013

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.

This elite tournament is open to the top 32 players starting at a national ranking of #33, so qualifying is a tremendous honor. Also playing in the tournament were BU19s Sandeep Rishi and Ben Roth.

Trifecta 3 Silver Results

April 20th, 2013

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

Two NCS Juniors Compete at US Junior National Championships

April 20th, 2013

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.

SquashRevolution SCLA Bronze Results

April 20th, 2013

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 victory in that division.  Noelle Giuliano also played well to make the final, where she pushed Shalika to 13-11 and 12-10 scores in that match.

SquashRevolution DC Bronze Results

April 19th, 2013

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 Named College Player of the Week

April 18th, 2013

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 for the Big Red.

At the team national championships two weeks later, Bryan was one of just three players in the top division to win all his matches by 3-0 scores.  At the championship Bryan also received one of the College Squash Association’s Scholar Athlete Awards.  In April, he was named co-captain of the team for the coming season and received the men’s team most improved award and most sportsmanlike player award.

2012-2013 Junior Tournaments Archive

March 31st, 2013

You can view the current junior tournament page here.

You can see the results of tournaments on this page by clicking on the tournament links.

Meadow Mill Silver, Baltimore, June 2-3.
Chevy Chase Silver Trifecta 4, Washington Area, June 29-July 1
Bare Hills Bronze, Baltimore, July 13-15
Chevy Chase Silver Trifecta 5, Washington Area, August 10-12.
Washington DC Gold, September 7-9, 2012.
Potomac Squash Club Junior Silver, September 21-23, 2012
October 27-28, 2012: Bare Hills Silver, Baltimore, MD.
November 3-4, 2012: SCLA Bronze, The SportsClub/LA, Washington DC.
November 17-18, 2012: Baltimore Junior Open Silver, Meadow Mill Athletic Club, Baltimore, MD.
November 30 – December 2, 2012: Trifecta 1 Silver, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA
December 7-9, 2012: Junior Championship Tournament Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore.  (This tournament is restricted to the top 32 players in the nation who apply to play.  You should play competitively in Gold tournaments before considering a JCT.)
December 15-16, 2012, Bethesda Bronze, Bethesda Sport & Health Club, Bethesda, MD.
December 27-28, 2012:  Meadow Mill Holiday Silver, Meadow Mill Athletic Club, Baltimore, MD, Deadline Dec. 18.
January 11-13, 2013:  Trifecta 2 Silver, Chevy Chase Athletic Club.
Jan. 25-27, 2013:  Virginia Juniors Mid-Atlantic Championship, Tier 1 (3/4 of Gold points), Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA.  This tournament is open only to players in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Feb. 1-3, 2013: Salty Hawkins Bronze, Country Club of Virginia, Richmond,VA.
February 15-17, 2013:  Squash Revolution DC Juniors Bronze Sponsored by Oliver Rackets, Results, The Gym, Washington DC.
February 22-24, 2013:  Mid-Atlantic Gold, Baltimore.
March 1 – 3, 2013: Trifecta 3 Silver, Chevy Chase Athletic Club.
March 9-10, 2013: Bronze Juniors, Meadow Mill Athletic Club.

November DC Squash Newsletter — Junior News

December 4th, 2012

Jacqueline Barnes pushed one of the world’s top junior women — Aparajitha Balamurukan — to four games at the Queensland (Australia) Open Women’s Pro-Squash Tournament. Her Indian opponent reached the 3rd round at the Junior Worlds last summer. To put that in perspective, no US woman got past the third round. Balamurukan then knocked out the #2 seed (World #50) in three games.  The November Women’s Squash Association rankings are out and the 18 year-old Barnes is now ranked as World #136.

Kira Keating is now ranked #2 in GU17 in the USA thanks to reaching the finals of the Junior Championship Tournament (JCT) – Connecticut.  This is one of the highest rankings ever achieved by an NCS junior.  Kira also made the finals of the Philadelphia Squash Club Gold, playing up an age division in GU19, where she beat the US #24 in three games.

Peter Giraudo reached the second round of the consolations in BU19 at the super-elite JCT Pennsylvania, where he got a game off the US #17.

Dayton Gold

Several NCS juniors played this gold tournament in Ohio.  Here are the highlights:

BU19 — Cameron Bahadori, 5th place
BU17 — Theo Mendez, Quarterfinalist
BU17 — Remy Freire, Consol Quarters
BU17 — Zach Najera, Consol Two
BU17 — Jeremy Barnes, Consol Two
GU17 — Nghi Nguyen, Winner, Plate
GU15 — Taylor Nides, Plate Finals

Bare Hills Silver

NCS Juniors won an amazing four of the six draws. Caroline Resor won GU17/19 and Diana Halikias reached the semis; Taylor Nides won GU15; Sandeep Rishi won BU19; Remy Freire placed 3rd in BU17 and Ryan Lovallo won BU13.

Baltimore Junior Open Silver

Here are the highlights of how NCS juniors fared at the Baltimore Jr Open:

BU13 — Nilay Neelaveni, finalist
BU17 — Ben Roth, semi-finals
BU17 — Jeremy Barnes, classic plate finals
BU19 — Evan Brown, 3rd place
GU13 — Shalika Neelaveni, finalist
GU15 — Taylor Nides, 3rd place
GU17 — Nghi Nguyen, winner
GU17 — Diana Halikias, finalist

Sports Club/LA Bronze

Congratulations to Aadil Husain, who won both the BU13 and BU15 divisions, his first tournament wins!  Kevin Tsai was the BU15 finalist and Conner Elder was the BU13 finalist.  Michael Ficca won the BU17 over finalist Aaron Broner, who played up an age division.  Helen Malley won GU15 and Charlotte Kho was the finalist.

October DC Squash Newsletter — Junior News

October 23rd, 2012

Setting a new record for playing far from our area, Jacqueline Barnes recently won the consolation final at the Australian Junior National Championships, beating the nation’s #7 and #8 ranked players in three games in each match. In the first round, she lost a tight four-game match to the player who took 3rd place.  At the Women’s Squash Association Ipswich Open last week, Barnes took former Women’s World #60 Zoe Petrovansky to four games.

Washington Gold

Over 200 players from 15 states plus Canada competed last month in the largest and strongest junior field ever to play in our area.  Twenty three NCS juniors competed and proved our region is now home to some of the nation’s top players.  NCS thanks George Washington University, Sports Club/LA, Bethesda Sport & Health, Results, The Gym and University Club for hosting the matches.

Congratulations to Kira Keating, who won GU17; Shalika Neelaveni, who took 5th in GU11; and Cameron Bahadori and Theo Mendez, who placed 6th and 7th in BU17.

Out of town highlights

Kira Keating reached the GU17 semifinals of the Junior Championship Tournament (JCT) in Philadelphia (open to the nation’s top 32 players who apply to play) and took 3rd place in GU19 at the Westchester Gold.  Cameron Bahadori (BU17) and Peter Giraudo (BU19) also qualified to play in the elite JCT.  Cameron Bahadori took 5th place in BU17 at the San Diego Gold.

Zach Najera reached the consolation finals in BU15 at the  Deroy Gold in Michigan.  Zach also won the Three Rivers Open Silver in Pittsburgh.

Duncan McGillivary reached the BU19 semifinals of the Merion Cricket Club Silver in Philadelphia.

Potomac Squash Silver

NCS juniors played well against many out of town players at The Potomac Squash Club Silver, which was held the weekend of Sept. 21.

Taimur Chaudhry won BU17, winning all his matches by convincing 3-0 scores.  Remy Freire reached the BU17 semis.  Evan Brown won BU19, beating Sandeep Rishi in a thrilling five game match to take the trophy.  Nilay Neelaveni reached the finals of BU13.

Shalika Neelaveni won GU11.  Taylor Nides won GU15, while Katie Correia took 3rd. Nghi Nguyen won GU17, besting Diana Halikias in the final.  Nghi also won the GU19 division.

Junior Tournaments

There is a complete list of all sanctioned junior tournaments in our region here.  More tournaments will be sanctioned soon.

Barnes defeats #7 and #8 seeds at Australian Junior Championships

October 8th, 2012

Jacqueline Barnes won the consolation final at the Australian Junior Championships, beating the #7 and #8 seeds in three games. In the first round, she lost a tight four-game match to the player who eventually won 3rd place.

See complete results here.

Najera Wins Three Rivers Silver

September 22nd, 2012

Zach Najera traveled up to Pittsburgh last weekend and won the BU15 Draw at the Three Rivers Open Silver, crushing the competition from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania by 3-0 match scores.  Congratulations!

Potomac Squash Club Junior Silver Sept. 21-23

August 27th, 2012
September 21, 2012toSeptember 23, 2012

Click here for an entry form and more info.

Free Intro to Squash for Kids (and Moms) August 13-22

August 12th, 2012
August 13, 2012toAugust 22, 2012

Jacqueline Barnes is one of the region’s top junior squash players. She graduated from Whitman High School and will attend George Washington University in 2014. She is currently taking a gap year while she trains in Australia with the Australian Juniors team with the goal of qualifying for the World Junior Squash Championships July 2013.

She is in town for two weeks and is on a mission to show as many local children (and their moms) as possible what a great game squash is!

On the following days she will use the Chevy Chase Athletic Club squash courts to show your child how to play – it’s free. There is also a special mom’s only session August 18.

The only requirement is that you and your child must wear non marking shoes so as to not mark the wooden floors. Equipment is provided.


August 13 – 17 from 12 – 1pm

Monday — High School and middle school students
Tuesday — Middle school and Elem students
Wednesday — High School and middle school students
Thursday — Middle school and Elem students
Friday — High School and middle school students

Saturday, August 18 from 12 – 1.30 pm

Saturday 12 – 12.45pm — High School and middle school students
Saturday 12.45 – 1.30pm — Middle school and Elem students

Sunday August 18 from 1-2 pm
Moms session!

August 20 – 22 from 12.30 – 1.30pm

Monday — High School and middle school students
Tuesday — Middle school and Elem students
Wednesday — High School and middle school students

This introductory session for children who have not played before is free however registration is essential please send the following details –
name of child, age, grade, and school — to conniesquash@gmail.com.

2011-2012 Junior Tournaments Archive

August 5th, 2012

You can view the current junior tournament page here.

You can see the results of 2011-2012 tournaments on this page by clicking on the tournament links.

Bare Hills Championships, Gold, Sept. 9-11
Bare Hills Fall Classic, Baltimore — Silver, Oct. 21-23
Capitol Hill Classic, Washington, DC — Bronze, Nov. 11-13

Trifecta 1 Silver Tournament, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA, Dec. 2-4.
Baltimore Junior Open — Silver, Dec. 10-11.
Northern Virginia Bronze — Bronze, Dec. 16-18
Holiday Junior Open — Silver, Baltimore, Dec. 28-29
Trifecta 2 Silver Tournament, Washington Area, Jan. 13-15
Junior Championship Tournament — Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore, Jan. 14-16.
Virginia Juniors Mid-Atlantic Championship, Tier 1 (3/4 of Gold points), Jan. 27-29, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA.  This tournament is open only to players in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Salty Hawkins Bronze, Richmond, Feb. 3-5.
Trifecta 3 Silver Tournament, Washington Area, Feb. 17-19.
Meadow Mill Bronze, Baltimore, Feb. 25-26.
Meadow Mill Gold, Baltimore, March 9-11.
Meadow Mill Silver, Baltimore, April 21-22.
Bare Hills Silver, Baltimore, May 11-13

Washington DC Junior Open Gold September 7-9

July 17th, 2012
September 7, 2012toSeptember 9, 2012

Player instructions and venue information, such as parking tips and food suggestions, is now available.

Click here for the GWU/SCLA venues.

Click here for the Bethesda venue.

Click here for the Results, The Gym venue.

Click here for the University Club venue.


Squash Camps for Kids

May 27th, 2012

There are many squash camps in our area that provide instruction from beginner through nationally-ranked elite levels.  This page summarizes the camps in our area, with links more information for each camp.

AussieNick Squash Camps.

These are available every week from June 18 through August 20 (ending on Aug. 24).  These day camps are held at Chevy Chase Athletic Club, with the exception of one sleep away camp in Plains VA.  Coaches include Squash maestros Greg Gaultier (former World champion)  and Shahier Razik (#26 PSA ranking) , Director of Squash Connie Barnes, elite coach Rod Barnes, Squash Coach legend Australian Marc Forster, Mir Zaman Gul (former world  #6 player), PSA player Lekgotla Mosope and members of the GWU team.  More information and an online registration form is available here (scroll down the page at the link).

Bethesda Sport & Health Camps with Ian Brown

These day camps are aimed at beginning to intermediate elite players and are held at Bethesda Sport & Health Club.  There are half day and full day options.   Beginner to Intermediate (age 7-12) camps are the weeks of June 18, June 25, August 13 and August 20.  Intermediate elite camps for age 12+ are July 9 and 16.  More info and an application here.

Jahangir Naseem’s Squash Camps

Jahangir offers both beginner to intermediate camps and elite camps with nationally recognized coaches.  Half or full day beginner to intermediate camps are offered July 16 and August 6.  There is an elite camp the week of June 25 with US #1 Julian Illingworth and another elite camp July 30 with Patrick Chifunda, a former top 100 world player.  More info and an online registration form is here.

National Capitol Squash Camps, Wendy Lawrence, Director

The National Capitol Squash Camps are held at The Potomac School in McLean the weeks of June 18 and August 6.  It welcomes juniors from ages 9-18 years old, from the novice to the advanced, nationally ranked players. Students are placed in groups within the camp based on ability and age. The focus of the camps will be on racquet technique and match play. Coaches will work individually with each student including the use of video tape analysis of strokes and match play.  Wendy Lawrence, a former top  12 US player, is the varsity coach of the GWU mens and womens teams and is assisted by top local squash pros and college players.  There is more information and a camp application form here.

Navy Squash Camp (sleep away camp) — Sunday, July 08– Thursday, July 12, 2012.

A 5:1 student teacher ratio allows a high degree of individual attention.  The forty campers will be divided into four teams designed to provide instruction in a college team atmosphere. Focus of camp will be on improving player’s technique, tactics, mental toughness, physical fitness, as well as refereeing, scoring and videotape analysis. Emphasis will be placed on efficient practice routine and effective play in competitive matches.  There are 12 courts at Navy (in Annapolis MD) and there is 24 hour adult supervision and air conditioned dorms.  More information and a camp application can be found here.

Total Squash Camps, Boarding and Day Options at Episcopal High School, Alexandria VA

Total Squash Camps offer some of the finest coaches in the nation, and feature Mike Way, the current Harvard Varsity Mens and Womens Squash Teams coach.  Way was coach to world champions Jonathan Power and Sarah Fitzgerald and was recently the head squash coach at the National Squash Training Centre in Canada.

Elite camps are offered June 17 (featuring an all-star line up of junior coaches including Mike Way, Mark Lewis and Brian O’Hora — just 5 spots left as of May 28) and July 15 with Lefika Ragontse, one of the top junior coaches in the nation.  An intermediate camps is offered July 22.  More information, along with a complete list of coaches and options is available here.


Bare Hills Junior Silver

April 23rd, 2012
May 11, 2012toMay 13, 2012

This Silver level tournament will be held at Bare Hills Racquet & Fitness Club, located at 1420 Clarkview Rd. in Baltimore May 11-13.  Many matches will start May 12.

Deadline May 2 at 12 Noon.

An entry form is available here.

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