A record seventeen teams from the host city of Philadelphia will take on thirty-eight teams from across the U.S. and Canada at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Team Championships (Howe Cup) this weekend at Philadelphia Cricket Club and Germantown Cricket Club.
The eighty-fifth edition of the tournament involves 275 women on teams of five competing for skill level titles in divisions A-D. The Howe Cup brings women of all ages and skill levels from across the U.S. and Canada together for a fun, inclusive weekend of squash.
A doubles event will be held alongside the Howe Cup–the MPB Doubles with twenty-eight teams competing across three divisions.
The fifty-five teams hail from eleven states and Canada. Boston has the most representation behind the hosts with eight teams traveling from Massachusetts. “Scenic City Rock Bottom” makes history in division D by becoming the first team in history from Tennessee.
Friday night will feature a professional exhibition between Team USA’s world No. 18 Olivia Blatchford Clyne and world No. 79 Olivia Fiechter, who learned her squash at Philadelphia Cricket Club as a junior. The exhibition takes place at 6pm local time.
Follow live scores throughout the weekend on ussquash.com/live.
The Howe Cup, the United States’ largest squash event for women, has a long history. The annual women’s five-person team tournament first began in 1928 as an inter-city competition between New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Over the past seven years, the Howe Cup has seen the more participation than any other U.S. Championship with twenty percent growth.