Category Archives: Women

Five NCS Teams Compete at Howe Cup

National Capital Squash sent five teams to the U.S. National Women's Team Championship or Howe Cup. US Squash hosted the event for the first time in the spectacular newly-opened Specter Center in Philadelphia. Held under strict COVID protocols including mandatory vaccination for all players and spectators, and a negative COVID test for players, Howe Cup was a joyful and celebratory event that was lucky to have been scheduled before the Omicron variant reared its ugly head. Participation was very good, considering the pandemic, but we did miss some of the “usual suspects” from the West Coast, Chicago, and of course Canada. Unfortunately, none of the NCS teams brought home any hardware this year, but everyone played hard and had a wonderful tournament. The NCS Howe Cup teams thanks National Capital Squash and Clark Construction for their sponsorships.

Lacy Cup Slated for March 28

The annual grudge match between Baltimore and Washington DC is slated for March 28th between 2-5 pm at Squash on Fire. This is a one-match team format.  The visiting team sends its line-up and the host team matches that line up with appropriate opponents.  We play one match, then have a social at a local watering hole. Keep your eyes out for an email from AJ Copeland requesting players.

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 ››

Women’s Squash Night at Squash On Fire

Kick off the season right at the Women’s Squash Night at Squash On Fire. Meet other players, play casual round robin matches, sign up for league, and learn about upcoming squash events. Open to women of ALL ages and ALL skill levels. US Squash membership is not required. This event is FREE, but please register online here!

Sponsored by National Capital Squash and Squash On Fire

Five NCS Teams Compete in 2016 Howe Cup, B Team Reaches Final

National Capital Squash sponsored five teams to play in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Team National Championships, held in Chelsea Piers, Stamford CT the weekend of Nov 11-13.
Left to right: A Team members Margaret Gerety (captain), Elizabeth Dupree, Maria Porras, Lindsay Wong, Chanel Erasmus
  A team The National Capital ACES played in a round robin format against five other A teams, ultimately winning two contests and losing three. On Friday they defeated a Connecticut team 4-1, and lost to a Boston team 1-4. On Saturday they lost to the New York team that ultimately won the Cup, 0-5, and again to a Philadelphia team 2-3. On Sunday they defeated a very tough “Gabler’s Gang” Connecticut team 3-2. Captain Margaret Gerety, playing at the #2 position, pulled out an amazing 5-game win against pro and perennial contender Juliana Lilien, (10), 7, (8), 6, … Continue Reading ››

Copeland, Butterfield Receive Awards at Howe Cup

At the Saturday night party in conjunction with the 2015 Howe Cup, the Women’s Committee of US Squash presented two annual awards, both to National Capital Squash women. Congratulations to AJ Copeland who won the prestigious Achievement Award, and to Mona Butterfield – whose passion and dedication to squash are demonstrated in her organizing the National Capital Squash C and D level DC teams despite the fact she herself can no longer play -- for the Sportsmanship Award. Here is the US Squash write up on the awards:

The revered Saturday night party took place at the Boston Aquarium where the Feron’s Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy and Women’s Achievement Bowl were presented to surprise winners, Mona Butterfield and AJ Copeland respectively. Both Butterfield and Copeland are active in National Capital Squash. Despite continued knee problems which now keep Mona away from actual competition, Mona can be relied on to rally the D.C. beginners … Continue Reading ››

NCS Fields Five Teams at 2015 U. S. Women’s Team Championship (Howe Cup)

National Capital Squash sent five teams in four divisions to the 2015 Howe Cup, held at the Murr Center courts of Harvard University in Boston, MA. This was the largest ever Howe Cup, with more than 250 women from all over the country and Canada participating in the three-day event November 7-9. A team
Left to right: Leslie Cameron, Chanel Erasmus, Maria Porras, Lindsay Wong, Casey Wong
Left to right: Leslie Cameron, Chanel Erasmus, Maria Porras, Lindsay Wong, Casey Wong
The NCS A team featured Baltimore high school senior Casey Wong at #1, the only woman returning from the 2014 Howe Cup championship A team. Howe Cup newcomer Chanel Erasmus, a recent Trinity graduate, was recruited to play #2. Recent George Washington University graduate and Colombia native Maria Porras played in her first Howe Cup at #3. Casey’s older sister … Continue Reading ››

The NCS WHoliday Hit photoomen's annual Holiday Hit was held on Sunday December 14 at McLean Racquet and Health Club. Eight women engaged in informal round-robin and "Queen-of-the-Court" play, nibbled on holiday baked goods and socialized.

We thank McLean Racquet & Health Club for donating the court time!

Women’s Squash Night Report

The third annual national Women's Squash Week event was celebrated in style in the National Capital region! More than 35 women attended the event at McLean Health and Racquet Club on Tuesday night, September 23. Skill levels of the participants ranged from rank beginners to rusty old ex-varsity hardball players, some of whom have not been seen on a singles court in this area for more than 20  years! Players new to the area and new to the game were able to meet up with other players of similar skill level. Play started with queen-of-the-court to accommodate the large number of players, which segued into rotating 5-point PAR "games". The first 30 attendees got a charcoal gray commemorative T-shirt, courtesy of US Squash. Many thanks to McLean Health and Racquet Club, to National Capital Squash, and to … Continue Reading ››