Suzy Willis, Sylvie Desjardins, Karina Canadas, Jenny McGeoch, and Amabelle Cowan, collectively known as Texas Squash put in their best showing ever at the 83 annual Howe Cup Tournament held November 11-13 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut.
Competing in the C Division, Texas Squash placed fourth out of twelve teams and both Jenny and Sylvie placed well in the individual rankings coming in at sixth and fifteenth respectively. The team played well against some stiff and more seasoned competition besting the teams Squashlandia North from Portland, Philadelphia, Bleed Blue from New York, and DC Cerebrals from Washington, DC. Their only loss was to a very experienced Boston C Party, but Team Texas put up a brave fight and made the C Party work hard for that victory. Extra motivation for the girls was provided by Patty Thessen, a longtime Texas Squash Alumni, who made the trip from Massachusetts in order to cheer on the team during the weekend.
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 five years, the Howe Cup has seen the more participation than any other U.S. Championship with twenty percent growth. This year, more than two hundred and fifty women competed on forty-nine teams.
Let’s congratulate Texas Squash on their fine showing and wish them even more success in future competitions.