City Squash dominates Urban Doubles

doubles NUSEA 1After sweeping the Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed divisions in the inaugural 2012 Urban Doubles Championships, City Squash students have maintained their perfect record in Denver at the 2013 Urban Doubles Championships.

City Squash students William Pantle and Andreina Benedith each brought home two medals as members the winning pair in the Men’s and Women’s divisions as well as teaming up to take the Mixed division title.

doubles 2City Squash’s Karina Lazaro in tandem with Benedith won the first title of the day in the Women’s division, defeating Squash Haven’s Rafiatou Ouro-Aguy and Genesis Ruiz of Mile High Squash in three games 15-7, 15-6, 15-7.

Despite losing the opening game 15-12, Pantle and City Squash teammate Leondre Damil defeated SquashBusters representatives Michael Hogarty and Kadeem Murrell 12-15, 15-12, 15-12, 7-15, 15-14 in the Men’s division final sealing two division titles for City Squash on the day.

Ouro-Aguy and Seth Ortiz made it two final appearances for Squash Haven in the mixed division, but fell short to City Squash’s Pantle and Benedith in two games  15-8, 15-7 closing out the 2013 Urban Doubles Championships.

The 2013 Urban Doubles, sanctioned by US Squash and the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) and hosted by Denver’s NUSEA program Mile High Squash at the Denver Athletic Club, involved 24 urban students from eight programs around the country for a week-long camp culminating in the only urban doubles tournament in the country.

Doubles 3Off the court, the students traveled to Boulder to visit the University of Colorado and hiked the Flatirons.

Alicia McConnell, the winningest Women’s doubles player ever in the US with 11 straight women’s doubles titles, spent a day coaching the women.

The students also played a pro-am with local doubles players on Thursday, providing an opportunity to play with more experienced doubles players.

The camp and tournament are funded by the generous donations to the US Squash Doubles Fund and US Squash, and this year all participating students received a free Harrow doubles racquet.

Eric Eiteljorg, Executive Director of Mile High Squash, looked forward to welcoming a new generation of doubles players to Denver leading up to the tournament.

“Students can expect to push themselves in new ways, ” Eiteljorg said.  “They will be training and competing at a mile above sea level and that will be a first for almost all of the students.  Additionally, the students will have to rely on a partner and that will be a new experience.”

“This is the only NUSEA doubles camp and tournament in existence and will help to ensure that doubles squash continues to thrive.”

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