by Tom Utescher
Singles squash is serious stuff for nationally-ranked tournament players, while doubles competition tends to take place in a more relaxed atmosphere. Earlier this month some local talents enjoyed some high-level pairs play and managed to bring home some shiny hardware from the U.S. Junior Squash Doubles Championships, which were held April 10-12 in Wilmington, Del.
Elisabeth Ross of Penn Charter and Daisy Lentz of Germantown Friends School, both eighth-graders, teamed up to win the Girls Under-15 championships. Older schoolmates of both girls also fared well at the event.
PC senior Izzy Hirschberg, who will go on to play for Princeton University, won the Under-19 mixed doubles championship along with her partner, Clark Doyle. Doyle is from Massachusetts, and another Bay State player, Carson Spahr, joined up with Springside Chestnut Hill Academy senior Matt Giegerich to claim the crown in the Boys Under-19 division.
Back in March, Giegerich was the recipient of the 2015 DeRoy Junior Sportmanship Award, which presented annually by U.S. Squash to a national-class player who exhibits “exemplary on and off-court behavior.”
The Dartmouth-bound SCH senior and his partner won all of their matches in three straight games until they reached the final round. There they went to five games before overcoming GFS junior Calvin McCafferty and his partner, Wylie Veasey, who attends Central High School.
In mixed doubles, McCafferty was involved in another five-game title bout, teaming with Maryland native Eleonore Evans to take Hirschberg and Doyle to the limit in the U-19’s.