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NCS Juniors Notch Impressive Results at National and Regional Championships

Congratulations to the juniors from our area who took titles at the August Mid-Atlantic and South-East Regional Junior Championships or who placed well at the National Junior Championship Tournament (JCT) last weekend. At the regional championships that were played in Atlanta, Arjith Mathew (BU15), Trinity Moshi (GU13), and Elise Kang (GU15) took home first place trophies. Sami Garside reached the BU15 final, while Daniel King (BU17) and Makeda Moshi (GU15) took third. At the JCT in San Francisco, which attracted the top-ranked USA juniors, Daniel King pulled off repeated five-game upsets in the main draw. Playing in his first-ever JCT, and seeded in the bottom group at 33/48, King reached the BU17 quarters, a nearly unheard of feat, and finshed sixth.  Rohan Bhatia also reached the BU17 quarters, a personal best JCT result for him as well. GU13 Akaisha Bhatia, the #7 seed, knocked out the #2 seed in the quarters in an impressive four-game match and took … Continue Reading ››

Tim Lasusa Named Inaugural Georgetown Squash Head Coach

Francis X. Rienzo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed announced the hiring of Tim Lasusa as the inaugural head coach of the squash program. Lasusa comes to the Hilltop after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. "I am excited and honored to be joining the Georgetown community," Lasusa said. "Georgetown has an incredible tradition of excellence in college athletics and I am thrilled to be a part of the inaugural varsity season for squash. I would like to thank Lee Reed and Kelli Myers for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to beginning this journey with the team." Lasusa previously served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Yale under coach Dave Talbott. He guided the men's squad to a top-five finish in 2019 and guided the women's team to a top-three finish in the 2020 College Squash Association rankings. Prior … Continue Reading ››

In Memory of Jeremy Barnes

The members of the National Capital Squash Board of Directors are greatly saddened to announce that Jeremy Barnes passed away on July 1. Jeremy was the beloved son of Rod and Connie Barnes, brother to Jacqueline and a dear friend to our squash community. Rod and Connie have told us that while they grieve that Jeremy’s life was marked by persistent illness and tragically cut short, we should console ourselves with the fact he still managed to pack more in his 23 years than many would dare in a lifetime, and that now the struggle with his difficulties is over, he is finally at peace. In Jeremy's memory, the Jeremy Barnes Memorial Fund has been set up to provide perpetual yearly assistance to worthy recipients who wish to learn and play squash. If you would like to donate to the Jeremy Barnes Memorial Fund, click here. The Barnes family welcomes your attendance at a Celebration … Continue Reading ››

US Masters Comes to DC again

For the second consecutive year, the US Squash Masters Championships will be hosted at Squash on Fire in April 3-5.  Masters pits players in age groups from 35-85 for a weekend of great squash.  Regardless of the host club, DC always sends a big contingent of players.  With it in our home town, let's see a great DC showing this spring! Register here by March 18.

High School Champs Scholarship

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 … Continue Reading ››

Men’s World Team Championships Thrill DC Audience

Twenty three national mens' squash teams played for the biennial world championships at Squash on Fire in December.  The opening matches on December 15 dazzled the DC crowd bringing squash enthusiasts as well as newcomers to the sport from around the region to watch world class play.  Host Team USA fell to the number 1 seed, Egypt, during the opening day, but played bravely, cheered by the home crowd. The week was marked by personal and team bests...and even the mighty Egyptians faced tougher competition on the court than ratings and book makers might have predicted. National Capital Squash was a proud sponsor of the event.  For more coverage, see: worldteamsquashdc.com/news  

Washington Women Capture Howe Cup B Division

After many years of nearly capturing the title, the NCS B team won the Howe Cup B final in a thrilling match against Boston.  The team, led by Captain and NCS VP of Women, AJ Copeland, edged out a win in the 3-2 victory.    Top seed Heidi Wagner secured the first win for NCS while AJ fell in a tough match at the fifth spot.  Sally Pei turned fortunes for DC while Deb Phippard struggled in a tough match with Boston.  In the end, Carole Grunberg eeked out a win in a tie break in the fifth game of the fifth match. US Squash called Grunberg's match the "match of the tournament and described it this way: The match of the tournament came at the No. 3 spot in the Division B final. With the teams tied at two matches apiece, Washington, DC’s Carole Grunberg, the reigning 60+ national champion, … Continue Reading ››