Largest-Ever Urban Individuals Wind Down In Western Mass

Squashbusters' Makayla Beckford (L) and StreetSquash's Susana Sandoval (R) prepare to referee after their first round match at Amherst. (image: NUSEA)

Squashbusters’ Makayla Beckford (L) and StreetSquash’s Susana Sandoval prepare to referee and mark after their first round match at Amherst College.

Nearly 400 junior players from twelve National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) programs competed in what was the largest-ever Urban Individual Championships this weekend in Massachusetts.

The twelfth staging of the tournament took place on the courts of Williams college along with nearby Amherst College for the first time in the tournament’s history due to the large draws.

‘It was incredible to see so many students from across the country, playing their hearts out and spending the weekend on such beautiful college campuses, ” said Tim Wyant, Executive Director of NUSEA.

“Williams has generously hosted for eight straight years, and it was terrific that Amherst stepped up to be a co-host this year to accommodate the growing number of students and programs. The Urban Individuals has long been urban squash’s premiere event, and this year was no exception.”

The programs involved included Access Youth Academy (San Diego, CA), Beyond Walls (Minneapolis, MN), CitySquash (Bronx, NY), METROsquash (Chicago, IL), Mile High Squash (Denver, CO), Racquet Up (Detroit, MI), Santa Barbara School of Squash (Santa Barbara, CA), SquashBusters (Boston, Lawrence, MA), Squash Haven (New Haven, CT), SquashSmarts (Philadelphia, PA), SquashWise (Baltimore, MD), and StreetSquash (Harlem, NY, Newark, NJ).

Division A Draws:
BU13       GU13
BU15       GU15
BU17       GU17
BU19       GU19

Division B Draws

City Squash's BU13 Winner and Finalist

City Squash’s Division A BU13 champion and finalist Alexander Lorenzo (L) and Caleb Boateng (R) with Tournament Director Morgan Poor outside of Williams College’s Simon Squash Center.

In Division A, CitySquash led the field with four division winners and two finalists: Alexander Lorenzo (BU13 champion), William Pantle (BU17 champion), Tyla McKenzie (GU15 champion), Adreina Benedith (GU19 champion), Caleb Boateng (BU13 finalist), and Eric Molina (BU15 finalist).

Squash Haven also produced six Division A finalists: Osuman Imoro (BU19 champion), Jocelyn Feliciano (GU13 champion), Moubarak Ouro-Aguy (BU17 finalist), Lessly Portillo (GU17 finalist), Denise Bonilla (GU15 finalist), and Nicole Carino (GU13 finalist).

Other Division A finalists included StreetSquash’s Richard Fagan (BU15 champion), Djeneba Ballo (GU17 champion), and Brandy Williamson (GU19 finalist). SquashSmarts’ Oscar Merino was the only Philadelphian finalist in the Boys’ U19 draw.

The 2014 U.S. Urban Squash Doubles Championships will take place July 28-August 1 at the Denver Athletic Club in Colorado.

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