Report courtesy of Kevin Hollister, Massachusetts Squash Racquets Association
Last Thursday night, April 9, Harvard University’s Murr Center was the noisiest place on campus as the final matches of the 2015 Massachusetts Singles Championships were contested in twenty-four divisions.
This is the sixth year that the Singles Championships have been held at the Murr Center, a perfect venue for the increasingly busy event. Since 2011 the event has grown from twenty-one draws to twenty-six and provides players with a broad range of skills and of all ages the opportunity to participate.
Hundreds of fans were on hand to cheer on their favorites and witness some great matches in the most competitive event of the season. Cheering sections were loud and the play was intense on all courts, as finalists battled for the annual championship titles.
In the premiere women’s 4.5+ match, Hope Prockop, a U.S. National Champion in the open age division of this year’s Masters (in both the 40+ and 45+), took on local stand-out Corey Schafer. The games were all close, but Prockop’s experience and relentless game proved the winning formula as she prevailed 3-0.
Another classic battle of youth versus experience was on display in the top-level Open 6.0 division as the U.S. Junior Open BU 19 champion and USOC player of the year Tim Brownell took on local professional John Roberts in the final match. Points were closely contested and exhausting to players and spectators alike. The result of every game hinged on crucial points at 10-8 or 9-all. In the end, Brownell was able to win with a two point margin of victory in each of the four games.
A full list of the winners and finalists in each division can be viewed by clicking here.
MA Squash is fortunate to have access to the Harvard University venue with a spectator area large enough to accommodate the MA Squash community and wishes to thank Harvard for its support of this event.
More squash is on tap soon as the MA Squash Hardball Doubles championships will be contested at the University Club on Monday, May 4. The final matches in all nine divisions will be played continuously starting in the afternoon.