The eighty-fourth U.S. Women’s Team Championships (Howe Cup) presented by Squash on Fire is set to bring a record fifty-eight teams with 290 players to the nation’s capital for the first time in tournament history, November 10-12.
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 with four Skill levels titles available–divisions A-D.
Juniors from five NUSEA programs will take part in mentorships by teaming up with adults from their respective cities.
D.C. has produced eight teams to defend their home turf, while there is record representation from Canada (six teams), Seattle (five teams), California (three teams) and Minnesota (two teams).
Eleven teams will compete for the Howe Cup in the A division with D.C.’s own NCS Aces leading the draw as the top seeds with a predicted final against Seattle’s Griffins.
The largest B draw in tournament history with seventeen teams is predicted to be an all-D.C. final between top seeds NCS B1 and two NCS Lob-B-ists.
The C division is led by top seeds Boston C Party with the Canuck Chicks entering the draw as two seeds.
The D division is full of divas: top seeded Back Bay D-vas, two seeds Brighton D-vas and the Beacon Hill D-vas.
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 six years, the Howe Cup has seen the more participation than any other U.S. Championship with twenty percent growth.