squash in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Monday September 1st 2014

Squash Camps for Adults and Kids this summer. This is a great time to either introduce your child to squash or take his or her game to the next level! Check out all the local options on our special junior squash camp page.

We also have a page for Summer Training Clinics for Adults.

Women’s Squash

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Womens’ Squash Night 1

August 6th, 2014
September 23, 2014
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

This event is FREE and open to women of all ages and skill levels!

Kick off the season at McLean Racquet and Health Club

1472 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA

Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm

After August 15, click here to sign up.

  • New to the sport?
  • Eager to get back into the game?
  • Want to learn about squash opportunities for women?
  • Meet other players at your level
  • Learn about local clinics, leagues and tournaments
  • Have a hit with old friends and new

Questions? Email NCS VP-Women AJ Copeland: ajcopeland@copelandco.com

Hosted by National Capital Squash and the McLean Racquet and Health Club

Sponsored by US Squash


Isabel Young wins Women’s 5.0 at National Skill Level Championship

June 4th, 2014

Isabel Young won the Women’s 5.0 in the U.S. Squash Skill Level Championships. She also competed in the final of the Open 3.5 division. To make that final she won a four game match against a Virginia boy who played #2 and #3 this season on his high school varsity team.

Tyler Stillwell reached the consolation finals of the Open 4.5 division.


Howe Cup 2014 — Save the date — Nov. 14-16

April 14th, 2014

 The U.S. National Women’s Team Championships will be hosted by the women of National Capital Squash, Nov 14-16, at the McArthur Squash Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. There will be 5-women team draws in the A, B, C, and D divisions, and Doubles draws in the A and B divisions.

For more information, contact NCS VP-Women, AJ Copeland at ajcopeland@copelandco.com.


Baltimore defeats National Capital in 5-4 Lacy Cup thriller

April 13th, 2014

The women on the NCS and Baltimore teams pose for a photo at the 2014 Lacy Cup

On Sunday March 30 at the Potomac School courts, a 9-member team of selected National Capital Squash (NCS) women squash players took on their rivals from Baltimore in pursuit of the 2014 Lacy Cup, the annual DC-vs-Baltimore women’s team competition.

The bottom of the Baltimore ladder consisted of four young ladies from Baltimore’s urban squash program, SquashWise. NCS newcomer and #9 player Claire Huschle lost 3-0 to her Baltimore opponent, as did #8 Maureen Wylie. Another NCS newcomer, Elizabeth Holdefer, fought a good battle at the #7 position and ultimately lost 3-1.

The momentum shifted in the middle of the ladder, as Cindy Vojtech playing at the #6 position took her Baltimore opponent in 4 games. NCS #5 Ubu Grace Hoshizaki and #6 Donna Sharpe both swept their Baltimore opponents, 3-0. Potomac School student Isabel Young playing at #3 defeated her Baltimore opponent in four games.

When another Potomac School player Nghi Nguyen lost in a nail-biter five game match to Baltimore’s #2 player, the Cup hinged on the final #1 match between Baltimore’s Casey Wong and Alejandra Porras who plays for the George Washington varsity team. Regrettably, Casey triumphed over Alejandra in 3 games, sealing Baltimore’s victory for 2014.

It was great to see players of all ages and skill levels out on the courts, having a great time. Everyone enjoyed watching the top players’ matches, and many players stayed after the “official” matches were over for an informal round robin.
Baltimore will host in 2015, and NCS hopes to win the Cup next year!

NCS women: please mark your calendar for the US Women’s Team Championship (Howe Cup), scheduled for November 14-16 in Charlottesville!


Ladies Squash annual Holiday Hit

December 12th, 2013
December 15, 2013
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

All women are invited to our annual squash-and-social event for the National Capital area: the women’s “Holiday Hit”.

This year it will be held on Sunday Dec 15, from 4:00-7:00pm, at the brand new (gorgeous!) courts at the McLean Racquet & Health Club, which is located at 1472 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA.

Feel free to wear holiday-appropriate court attire, and bring a snack or beverage to share if you care to (but don’t stress about that! — come even if you don’t bring something!).

This event is FREE and open to women of all ages and skill levels.


Women’s Squash Night Report

September 26th, 2013

As part of the Women’s Squash Week national promotion originated by US Squash, the National Capital Squash event was held on the evening of Wednesday September 25 at the Sports Club/LA in downtown Washington. Approximately 30 women of all ages and skill levels participated in the highly social event that included “Queen of the Court” play at three different skill levels. Women who are new to the game welcomed the opportunity to meet other players, and women new to the District were able to identify other women players at their level. The event was free to participants, and raspberry-colored T-shirts promoting “Women’s Squash Week” donated by US Squash were distributed. The Women’s Squash Night has proven to be a highly successful way to open the squash season in the NCS. Thanks to Sports Club/LA, National Capital Squash, and US Squash for supporting this event which we plan to continue annually.


2013 Howe Cup (National Team Women’s Championship) Training Schedule

September 12th, 2013

HOWE  CUP 2013

NCS team practice schedule

Dates/Times   Where/comments
Sat Sep 14

8:45-10:15am

3:00-4:00pm

 

C teams

C and D players

 

SCLA/register with Christi Tezak#

Potomac Squash Club $25pp*

Sun Sep 15, 3:00-5:00pm B teams Results
Wed Sep 18, 8:00-9:00pm C and D players Potomac Squash Club $25pp*
Sat Sep 21,

9:00-11:00am

3:00-4:00pm

 

B

C and D players

 

Results

Potomac Squash Club $25pp*

Wed Sep 25, 8:00-9:00pm C and D players Potomac Squash Club $25pp*
Sun Sep 22, 3:00-5:00pm C Results
Sat Sep 28,

8:45-10:15am

3:00-4:00pm

 

C teams

C and D players

 

SCLA/ register with Christi Tezak#

Potomac Squash Club $25pp*

Sun Sep 29, 3:00-5:00pm B Results
Wed Oct 2, 8:00-9:00pm C and D players Potomac Squash Club $25pp*
Sat Oct 5,

9:00-11:00am

3:00-4:00pm

 

B

C and D players

 

Results

Potomac Squash Club $25pp*

Sun Oct 6, 3:00-5:00pm C Results
Wed Oct 9, 8:00-9:00pm C and D players Potomac Squash Club $25pp*
Sat Oct 12

8:45-10:15am

10:00-12:00

 

3:00-4:00pm

 

C teams

ALL

 

C and D players

 

SCLA/register with Christi Tezak#

Results

followed by brunch at AJ’s

Potomac Squash Club $25pp*

Sun Oct 13 - no scheduled practice

#FREE but you must email Christi to participate if you are not an SCLA member: Christine.tezak@gmail.com

*includes coaching with Jay Naseem; contact Ubu to sign up at dkhoshizaki@gmail.com


Women’s Squash Night 6-8:30 PM

August 4th, 2013
September 25, 2013
6:00 pmto8:30 pm

Women’s Squash Night is scheduled for Wednesday September 25, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Sports Club/LA. Don’t miss this highly social event that is a fun way to meet up with fellow players after the summer off-season and “knock some of the rust off”. There will be raffle prizes and we hope to have T-shirts to distribute again this year. This event is FREE, and ALL ages and skill levels are welcome!

To participate, please sign up here.  (Scroll down on the landing page for the sign up info.)


Professional Squash — Squash Revolution National Capital Open 2013

July 10th, 2013
August 14, 2013 12:00 pmtoAugust 18, 2013 12:00 pm

Last year this venue proved to be a fantastic few days of squash for both spectators and players alike. The event features two tournaments: The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Pro Tournament, and the CCAC Open Amateur Tournament. The dates are August 14-17 for the WSA Pro Tournament, and August 16-18 for the Amateur Tournament. For additional information click here.


NCS Players Win Two National Titles at US Skill Level Championships

April 20th, 2013

Congratulations to Jose Calderon and Ben Smith, who won the Open 5.5 and Open 4.5 skill level divisions at the national championships, which were held in Baltimore April 5-7. Patrick Harris also reached the finals of the Open 5.0, where he lost a close three game match to the #1 seed.

Jose beat Antoine Poulain of Chicago in the four game final. Ben rallied from a 2-1 deficit to Boston’s Girish Venkataramani on the way to an 11-9 victory in the fifth game.

Other Highlights:
Ben Rind — Open 5.0 Consolation Winner
Nghi Nguyen — Women’s 4.0 Consolation Winner
Ben Hoefs — Open 5.5 Consolation Finals
Abir Ray — Open 4.5 Consolation Finals
Isabel Young — Women’s 4.0 Consolation Finals
Jahangir Naseem — Open 6.0, Winner Consol Playoff


Grunberg Wins National Title at US Masters Squash Championships

April 20th, 2013

Carole Grunberg won the Women’s 55+ and also won the consolation finals in the Women’s 50+ division.  She was joined by a strong group of National Capital players who competed last month at the Masters Championships in Stamford CT.

Congratulations to the following players who reached the quarterfinals or won the consolations in their age division:

Carole Grunberg — Women 55+ Winner
Women 50+ Consolation Winner

Bryce Harding — Men 50+ quarter-finalist

Terry Hindermann — Men 50+ quarter-finalist

Bruce Simons-Morton — Men 65+ Consolation Winner

Carole had a tough five game match in the semifinals and then won another five game marathon match where she took game five by a 13-11 score to clinch the win.

Bruce fell in the quarterfinals in a tight three game match to the eventual winner.

This tournament is great fun, so if you are 35+ and haven’t tried it yet, consider entering next year.


Play in the Inaugural NCS Championship — Self-Scheduled Tournament — Jan. 17 Sign Up Deadline

November 17th, 2012
January 17, 2013

All National Capital Squash members — all skill levels and ages — are invited to participate in the inaugural NCS Championship.  This tournament is open only to NCS members and no matter your skill or age, from junior to masters, there is a division for you.

The entire tournament prior to the finals is self-scheduling.  You will typically have 1 week to 2 weeks to schedule and play each round.  The amount of time will depend on the size of your draw.

The deadline to sign up is January 17.  Play begins as soon as draws are constructed.

All players are guaranteed at least three matches.  All finals matches will be on Thursday evening, April 18.  Please make certain you can play that night prior to registering.  The venue for the finals is to be determined.

You can enter one or more of the following draws (enter online here now):

Open Skill Levels

Open 2.5 Singles
Open 3.0 Singles
Open 3.5 Singles
Open 4.0 Singles
Open 4.5 Singles
Open 5.0 Singles
Open 5.5 Singles

Men’s Age Groups

Men 40+ Singles
Men 45+ Singles
Men 50+ Singles
Men 55+ Singles
Men 60+ Singles
Men 65+ Singles
Men 70+ Singles

Women’s Skill Levels

Women 2.0 Singles
Women 2.5 Singles
Women 3.0 Singles
Women 3.5 Singles
Women 4.0 Singles
Women 4.5 Singles

There is no entry fee charged by NCS for current US SQUASH/National Capital Squash members, however there is a $10 US SQUASH online registration charge for each draw.

Enter online here now.


14th Annual Potomac Fever Tournament

October 29th, 2012
February 22, 2013 5:00 pmtoFebruary 24, 2013 3:00 pm

The 14th annual Potomac Fever starts Friday evening, February 22 through Sunday, February 24, 2013.  Played on Potomac Squash Club’s three international courts, the Fever is the perfect tune-up for the USQ National Skill Levels Championships on March 8-10.  Traditionally the Fever attracts a full bracket of competitive players in every division:  Women’s 2.5, 3.5 & 4.5; Mens 5.5+, 5.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 2.5; and  Masters: Ages 40+  50+ 60+.  2013 will be no different.   Potomac Squash Club is the only venue that offers free food and frosty beverages throughout the entire tournament!

$75 for NCSRA/USSRA members

$90 for non-USSRA members

$15 for each add’l draw

For inquiries please email us at potomacsquash@gmail.com or call/text/email PSC Head Pro Jahangir Naseem at 410-905-6317 and playsquash@msn.com


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.

Schedule:

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.


2012 Howe Cup

July 3rd, 2012
October 19, 2012toOctober 21, 2012

The 2012 Howe Cup will be held Oct 19-21 at the Seattle Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington. More details coming sooon…


Squash on Fire Women’s International Pro Tournament Aug. 14-19 @ The Sports Club/LA

July 3rd, 2012
August 14, 2012toAugust 19, 2012

28 International Tour Pros return to the nation’s capital to ignite a pyrotechnic display of squash and compete for the largest women’s professional prize in Washington in 10 years!

Squash on Fire 2012 Series

WSA Tournament Sponsored by Gould Property Company

Bank of Georgetown & The Ritz -Carlton Hotel

Presented by The Sports Club/LA

Tournament Director Amir Wagih

Tournament Referee & Onsite Manager Hunt Richardson

 Assistant Pro Fabien Sarran

Featuring eight of the 40 best professional players in the world including

#14 Samantha Teran of Mexico    #23 Aisling Blake of Ireland

#24 and Latasha Khan  (USA #1)     #25 Sarah Kippax of England

#31-ranked Egyptian sensation Yathreb Adel (age 16)

United States Junior Women’s Champion Sabrina Sobhy and hometown favorites Camille Lanier and Jacqueline Barnes will also throw down the gauntlet.

Admission for spectators is FREE all week at this thrilling event with 6 Americans, 3 Mexicans, 6 Egyptians, 2 French, and WSA tour professionals from 5 other countries.

Non-member spectators please register daily at our Reception Desk.

August Match Schedule

14 Qualifying Draw 1st Round 4-8pm

15 Qualifying Draw Finals 4-8pm

16 Main Draw 1st Round 4-8pm

17 Quarterfinals 4-8pm

18 Semifinals 4-6pm

19 Final 12pm

Special for SCLA Members:  Play A Pro! 

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.  Register HERE

For more information please visit WestEnd Squash and WISPA

or contact Hunt


NCS Women’s Round Robin

July 2nd, 2012
July 21, 2012
2:30 pmto4:00 pm
August 5, 2012
2:00 pmto3:00 pm
August 25, 2012
2:30 pmto5:30 pm

Sat Jul 21, A/B: 2:30-4:00pm at Results
Sun Aug 5, C/D: 2:00-3:00pm at Potomac Squash Club
Sat Aug 25, C/D: 2:30-4:00, A/B: 4:00-5:30 at Results

For more information email AJ at women@nationalcapitalsquash.org


Rescheduled: Women’s Squash Night

June 8th, 2012
October 10, 2012
6:30 pmto9:00 pm

Women’s Squash Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Sports Club/LA from 6:30-9:00. This is the “second annual” event of its kind in DC, but is actually part of a national “Women’s Squash Week” that you will see advertised in upcoming US Squash communications. Click here for printable pdf of the event that you can display at your club. Use the link below for free registration.

Eventbrite - Women’s Squash Night

From US SQUASH:

Women’s Squash Week will take place September 8th-15th, 2012. With the goal of getting more woman involved and playing squash, events have been planned at clubs in Baltimore, Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.  New York and Washington, D.C. have run Women’s squash nights and have seen a dramatic increase in tournament and league play along with the number of women seen on court at the clubs on a daily basis. In addition these event has helped to build a strong community of women’s players in those regions.


NCS Doubles Squash Outing Jan. 29

January 12th, 2012
January 29, 2012
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Doubles squash is growing fast and is a lot of fun to play!

National Capital Squash is starting a series of doubles squash outings and here is your chance to give it a try.

Doubles is both fun and social!

Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore (just 50 minutes from Chevy Chase MD) will be hosting an exclusive National Capital Squash Doubles clinic and round robin event on Sunday Jan 29 to introduce and promote the game of doubles.

Squash professionals Howard Day from University Club as well as Peter Heffernan from Meadow Mill will lead a clinic for doubles novices, and we will have two doubles courts from 1:00-4:00 to try it out.

We are limiting tickets to this event to the first 24 who sign up, so register now!

Register for NCS Doubles Squash in Baltimore, MD  on Eventbrite


Women’s Daytime Squash to Begin in January

December 29th, 2011

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 conniebarnes@aussienicksquash.com to let her know what days and times work for you.  Programming will be held 1.5 hrs for 2 mornings per week.


Kira Keating Profiled in the Gazette

December 6th, 2011

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.

Excerpt:

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. “[The losing streak] 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 won four of five individual matches to help her team win the 2011 U.S. Squash Women’s Team Championships, held Oct. 21-23 at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore.

Read more at the Gazette’s website.


Howe Cup 2011 Report

November 8th, 2011

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” teams.

Wearing Harrow team jackets and matching T-shirts that sported a riff on the District of Columbia logo, National Capital players were easy to spot throughout the Club all weekend. Three of our eight teams were in the finals, including one “A” team that brought the Howe Cup home to DC for only the second time in its 56-year history.

National Capital A team

Howe Cup A Team 2011

L to R: Margaret Gerety (with daughter), Camille Lanier, Shona Kerr (CT), Larissa Stephenson, Kira Keating

Captained and headed by Larissa Stephenson, the “National Capital A” team started off the tournament with solid 5-0 wins over Baltimore and the Canadian Knickers. On Saturday morning the team was hobbled by the absence of Camille Lanier at #4 and had to default the #5 position in a tough match against Philadelphia, losing 3-2.

With the team fully reconstituted later in the day, National Capital turned it on in the semis and trounced New York 4-1.

For the finals on Sunday, National Capital met Philadelphia in a rematch and, with a complete squad, won definitively 4-1. Playing at the tough #2 spot, Margaret Gerety’s fan club included her 10-month old daughter, proving to all that “there is squash after childbirth”! Congratulations to Larissa who did not drop a match all weekend, and special thanks to our mercenary from Wesleyan University, Shona Kerr.

DC University Club A Team

NCS 2011 A1 Team

L to R: Abbie McDonough, Kali Schellenberg, Maggie Smith, Schuyler Haynes, Madeline Lurio

The five women who formed the “DC University Club A” team had the distinction of being the only “A” team whose members were entirely from one Club. Captained by Schuyler Haynes and led off by Abbie McDonough at #1, the UClub women had disappointing losses to tough Boston and New York teams in the round robin, and lost to Baltimore in the first playoff match. For their final match they rallied to defeat the Canadian Knickers in the 5/6th playoff, 3-2.

B1 team

2011 NCS B1

L to R: Carole Grunberg, Deb Phippard, Leslie Connolly, Heidi Wagner (CO), Sarah Davidson

Captained by Howe Cup veteran Leslie Connolly and led by “honorary NCS” Colorado resident and #1 player Heidi Wagner, the National Capital Squash’s “B1” team blasted through their early matches, defeating Boston, Jersey Girls, and Philadelphia all 5-0, and California 4-1. They met a very, very tough Baltimore squad in the finals where they were ultimately defeated, 5-0. This is the second year in a row that Leslie’s team has been to the finals.  Wait ‘til next year!

B2 team

2011 NCS B2L to R: Liz Tarran-Jones (Baltimore), Alex Franceschi, Teddy Weiss, Jackie Corrigan-Curay, Amy Newman

The National Capital “B2” team, captained by Jackie Corrigan-Curay, was missing its #1 player, Alex Franceschi, for its Friday matches and dropped to the winning Baltimore team 4-1 in their first match. They went on to defeat Seattle 3-2, New York 4-1, and the Cabernet Canucks 5-0.

In the playoffs on Sunday, they pulled off a 5-0 defeat of the Jersey Girls, taking a final #3 slot in the B Division. Special thanks to Liz Tarran-Jones, our last-minute recruit from Baltimore who filled in for an NCS player who had to drop out due to illness.

C1 team

2011 NCS C1

L to R: Debbie Boehm-Davis, Ubu Grace, AJ Copeland, Cheryl Springfels, Stephanie Bosserman

Captained by Ubu Grace (Hoshizaki) and led off by AJ Copeland at #1, the National Capital C1 team dropped to Philadelphia in the first round. In the consolations, they defeated a New York urban squash program team, and lost to Boston and National Capital C2. In the playoffs on Sunday, they defeated the New York youngsters again to clinch eighth place.

C2 team

2011 NCS C2

L to R: Karin Edgett, Heidi Fisher, Dory Gannes, Elena Guarinello, Kristin Lehner

The National Capital C2 team was bumped to the Consolation bracket with a first round loss to the women’s team from Canada’s capital city. They took the next three matches to win the bracket and face Baltimore in Sunday’s match. A close 3-2 loss placed them 7th overall in the 12-team C draw.

Congratulations to DC newbie Dory Gannes (#3) who was undefeated for the tournament. For the second year in a row, Heidi Fisher (#5) made the cross-country flight from California to join the C team, studying for college mid-terms between matches. Thanks also to C2 team captain Elena Guarinello who designed the team uniforms!

C3 team

2011 NCS C3L to R: Donna Sharpe, Juliet Lamont (CA), Beverly Lamberson (CA), Jane Collins. In front: Christi Tezak

With two “mercenaries” from California completing the team at the #2 and #3 slots, the National Capital C3 team started the tournament strong with a win over Boston. They went on to lose their next four matches, ending 6th in a field of twelve C Division teams.

DC Capitol Squashers (D team)

2011 NCS D Team

L to R: Jess Latterman, Michelle Kim, captain Mona Butterfield, Wendy Hall, Sara Khan. Missing: Candace Craig

Headlined by high school freshman  #1 Candace Craig who was sporting a cast on her left wrist throughout the tournament, the DC Capitol Squashers defeated New York 4-1, Philadelphia 3-2, and Boston 3-2 to clinch a playoff berth.

Due to a scheduling snafu they played the only other undefeated team, Baltimore, on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-2. Even though a team from Warwick had dropped to Philadelphia (which DC had defeated), the DC team was pitted against Warwick for the “finals” on Sunday, and suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss, thus coming in #2 overall.  Congratulations to (non-playing) captain Mona Butterfield, whose National Capital “D” team has been in the finals of Howe Cup for each of the past four years!


NCS Wins Howe Cup, “B” and “D” teams reach finals!

October 22nd, 2011

Howe Cup A Team 2011The NCS “A” Team won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Team Squash Championships (Howe Cup) Oct. 23 and the “B” and “D” teams reached the finals.

Congratulations to the “A” team captained by Larissa Stephenson, who won all her matches this weekend.  The other players on the championship team were:  Margaret Gerety and Shona Kerr and NCS juniors Camille Lanier and Kira Keating.

Congratulations to the “B” team captained by Leslie Connolly and the “D” team captained by Mona Butterfield.

Players on the “B” team were: Heidi Wagner, Deb Phippard, Leslie Connolly, Carole Grunberg and Sarah Davidson.

Players on the “D” team were:  NCS junior Candace Craig and Sara Khan, Wendy Hall, Michelle Kim and Jessica Latterman.


NCS Howe Cup “A” Team Clinches Semifinal Berth

October 21st, 2011

2011HoweCupLogoThe NCS Howe Cup “A” Team clinched a semifinal berth Oct. 21.  The five-player team played two matches in group play today, and dropped just one individual match.

They clinched the semis spot by beating Baltimore’s A Team, a tough team that had a WISPA pro (ranked World #53 from S. Africa!) playing #1, but Larissa Stephenson beat her.

We’ll post results for the other seven NCS teams as we get them.


Results’ Stephenson Advances to Quarterfinals

October 13th, 2011

Top seeds Dipika Pallikal and Latasha Khan Thursday easily vanquished their opponents with surgical precision in the $12K WISPA DREAD SERIES 2 TOURNAMENTSquash on Fire October while there were upsets of the #3, #4, #6, and #8 seeds, including two by qualifiers.

Tickets are getting scarce for the semis and finals, so reserve your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

The first upset was scored by qualifier Alix Younger, who beat the #8 and fellow Canadian Genevieve Lessard in three.

Hometown favorite Larissa Stephenson, a qualifier and pro at Results, The Gym, handily beat the #4 seed, South Africa’s Adel Nunan 3-0 in a crisp 24 minutes.  Stephenson looked sharp and fit and appears to have a good shot at going deep in the main draw, which would delight the home crowd.

The most dramatic win came from Kristen Lange, who lost the first two games and seemed headed for a quick exit after an 11-2 thrashing in game two by France’s Celia Allamargot, the #6 seed.  Yet Lange pulled herself together and jumped to a 9-3 lead in game three.  Then she lost focus and four game balls before winning her first game 11-8.  Lange again looked beaten at 9-6 in the fourth game, but rallied to pull ahead 10-9 before winning 12-10 and then 11-8 in the fifth.

After the match, a happy Lange confessed that she needs to work on her mental game, saying that it took her a while to “clear my mind, stop thinking and play.”  She decided to go “back to basics,” use the court’s unique skidding nature to let “the ball work for you.”  Lange told me she started playing the game at age 8, and it shows – she has fabulous touch, even during long rallies.

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry knocked out the #3, Canada’s Alexandra Norman, in a tight four game battle that concluded with a harrowing 17-15 win in the last game.  Perry had an astonishing four match balls, and had to fend off one game ball, before putting the match away.  Both women were struggling as the points wore them down, but Perry found something extra to pull out the win.

USA’s 14-year old phenom Sabrina Sobhy continues to show incredible promise on the court, pushing Australia’s Sarah Caldwell, the #5 seed, to four games.  Caldwell need tie breaker wins in both games three and four to put the match away.


$12K WISPA DREAD SERIES 2 TOURNAMENT OCT. 12-16

September 26th, 2011
October 12, 2011 4:00 pmtoOctober 16, 2011 12:00 pm
October 12, 2011 4:00 pmtoOctober 16, 2011 12:00 pm

Squash on Fire OctoberMark your calendar to watch some of the best women squash professionals in the world fire it up at the Sports Club/LA in the $12K WISPA DREAD SERIES 2 TOURNAMENT on October 12-16!

Tickets are required for admission.  Get your free tickets here.

Register for Women's Pro-Squash Oct. 13-16 -- FREE in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

The event is free to watch with World #20/India #2 Deepika Pallikal and World #28 /seven-times US Pro Champion Latasha Khan seeded to clash in the Final.

You will not want to miss seeing the skill, power, precision and fitness of these amazing athletes as they battle for the largest cash prize in Women’s Squash in DC in nearly a decade!

Sponsored by Squash on Fire, The Gould Property Company and the Sports Club/LA.  See the draw here. Follow the action at WestEnd Squash


Eight NCS Teams to Play Howe Cup

September 26th, 2011

Eight NCS teams will play in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Team Squash Championships (Howe Cup).  This is the largest number of teams ever fielded by NCS women and it may be the largest number of teams fielded by any district association this year.  NY Squash is fielding six teams.

“We have a very solid line up of teams in all the divisions and hope to go far in several of the main draws,” said AJ Copeland, the NCS VP for Women.

The tournament begins October 21.  Here are the teams (captains are noted with an asterisk, and ladder positions to be determined):

A Team
*Larissa Stephenson
Camille Lanier
Margaret Gerety
Alex Franceschi
Kira Keating

A Team — University Club
Abbie McDonough
Kali Schellenberg
Madeline Lurio
*Schuyler Haynes
Maggie Smith

B1 Team
Deb Phippard
*Leslie Connolly
Mishka Zaman
Carole Grunberg
Sarah Davidson

B2 Team
Teddy Weiss
*Jackie Corrigan-Curay
Amy Newman
Jeanne O’Brien
Lucy Gibson

DC 1 Capitol Squashers (C Team)
AJ Copeland
Cheryl Springfels
*Deborah (Ubu Grace) Hoshizaki
Debbie Boehm-Davis
Fisher, Heidi

DC 2 Capitol Squashers (C Team)
Edgett, Karin
Stephanie Bosserman (VA)
Kristin Lehner
Dory Gannes
*Elena Guarinello

DC 3 Capitol Squashers (C Team)
*Sharpe, Donna
Juliet Lamont
Beverly Lamberson
Tezak, (Christi) Christine
Collins, Jane

Dee Cee Capitol Squashers (D Team)
Candace Craig
Sara A. Khan
Hall, Wendy
Kim, Michelle
Jessica Latterman
*Mona Butterfield

DC 2 Capitol Squashers
Edgett, Karin
Stephanie Bosserman (VA)
Kristin Lehner
Dory Gannes
*Elena Guarinello
DC 3 Capitol Squashers
*Sharpe, Donna
Juliet Lamont
Beverly Lamberson
Tezak, (Christi) Christine
Collins, Jane
DC 1 Capitol Squashers
AJ Copeland
Cheryl Springfels
*Deborah (Ubu Grace) Hoshizaki
Debbie Boehm-Davis
Fisher, Heidi
Dee Cee Capitol Squashers
Candace Craig
Sara A. Khan
Hall, Wendy
Kim, Michelle
Jessica Latterman
*Mona Butterfield

Women’s Squash Night a Hit!

September 22nd, 2011

National Capital Squash presented and The Sports Club/LA hosted the first-ever NCS “Women’s Squash Night” September 14, 2011,.  More than 30 women came to this event, which was promoted to kick off the fall season and also as a social event to meet other women players.

Skill levels included a handful of rank beginners up to some of the best women players in the area, and ages ranged from a 15-year old junior to senior citizen. Play was segregated by skill level and designed in a “5-up” format to maximize the opportunity for participants to play each other as well as have an opportunity to socialize as they were watching fellow players and waiting their turn on the court.

Harrow donated a new squash racquet and a racquet bag, both of which were raffled off as door prizes.

Participants seemed to really enjoy the dedicated venue to have a hit with other women, old friends and new.   AJ Copeland, Vice President for Women of National Capital Squash, said “I’m thrilled there was such a good turnout and that the event was a success.  I would love to make this an annual event!”

View all 21 photos of the event here.

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Annual “Red vs. Green” All Levels Ladies’ Hit and Holiday Social

September 13th, 2011
December 11, 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Potomac Squash Club
Sun Dec 11
2:00-5:00

Register for  Red vs Green  Women's Holiday Hit and Social (See who is coming below.) in Rockville, MD  on Eventbrite


Howe Cup Team Scrimmages

September 13th, 2011
October 15, 2011
2:30 pmto4:00 pm
October 16, 2011
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Results
Sat Oct 15
2:30-4:00 C/D

SCLA
Sun Oct 16
2:00-4:00 A/B

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