The fourth annual Urban Doubles Championships for the first time yielded non-CitySquash champions as Baltimore’s SquashWise and Harlem’s StreetSquash won the boy’s and girl’s divisions respectively, while CitySquash retained the Mixed division title at the Denver Athletic Club in Colorado.
The championships were the culmination of a camp-style week-long program including squash and extracurricular activities.
Despite not sweeping all three titles for a third straight year, CitySquash did have a team in each final, including an all-CitySquash Mixed final in which Cristian Escalona & Maria Serrano defeated Billy Fleurima & Mariela Mendoza.
Mendoza & Serrano were the girls’ top seeds but were upset by StreetSquash’s Emma Montero & Nakayla Taylor in a five-game final.
The boys’ final between CitySquash’s Escalona & Fleurima and SquashWise’s Carlos Marks & Darian Rich also came down to five games, with the boys from Baltimore coming back form 2-0 down to win the title.
When not on the doubles courts, the students explored other areas of the Centennial state, traveling south to the United States Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs, visiting the Garden of the Gods, and going white water rafting.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper once again joined the campers on court Friday.
The campers learned hardball doubles at the Denver Athletic Club under the tutelage of four doubles professionals—Preston Quick, Suzie Pierrepont, Graham Bassett and Victoria Simmonds.
The campers represented six NUSEA programs: Mile High Squash (Denver, CO), SquashSmarts (Philadelphia, PA), SquashWise (Baltimore, MD), StreetSquash (Harlem, NY), CitySquash (Bronx, NY) and MetroSquash (Chicago, IL).
For all results, visit the urban doubles tournament page.
The Urban Doubles championships are made possible by the US Squash Doubles Fund.
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