2014 Intercollegiate Doubles Has Record Number of Players

Princeton’s Sam Kang (far right) & Maria Elena  Ubina (middle right)  champions, beating Yale's Sam Fenwich (far left) & Jenny Scherl  (middle left)

Princeton’s Sam Kang (far right) & Maria Elena Ubina (middle right) champions, beating Yale’s Sam Fenwich (far left) & Jenny Scherl (middle left)

Report courtesy of Preston Quick

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Intercollegiate Doubles Championships was held as a part of the Delaware Investments U.S. Open fortnight. The Racquet Club of Philadelphia and Germantown Cricket Club hosted the thirty-fifth edition of the tournament which was first played in 1942. The tournament, the world’s only annual collegiate doubles event, was again presented by the U.S. Jesters Club. It was the largest Intercollegiate Doubles in history, with nineteen men’s teams, twelve mixed and eight women’s teams—seventy-two players in all representing ten schools (Columbia, F&M, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Navy, Penn, Rochester, Trinity, Tufts and Yale).

The Butcher-Ball Cup, the men’s trophy, was again a topsy-turvy affair. Defending champion Navy’s Andrew McGuinness playing with freshman Josh Hughes (Dominic Hughes’ son), lost in the quarters in a five-game tussle with Rochester’s Neil Cordell & Mario Yanez, who had already upset Princeton’s Sam Kang & Ben Leizman in the first round. The semis were Navy v. Navy and Rochester v. Rochester. Billy and James Kecergis saved one match point and go through to their second straight finals. But they lost to the Cinderella story of the weekend, Cordell & Yanez in four games. One of the few partnerships in history to not have an American, Cordell (from England) and Yanez (from Mexico) give Rochester their first national squash title.

In the mixed draw (the largest in history), Princeton’s Sam Kang & Maria Elena Ubina repeated as champions, beating Sam Fenwich & Jenny Scherl of Yale in three. They are the first partnership to win consecutive titles since Reade Frank & Jamie Dean of Yale won the Butcher-Ball twice in a row twenty years ago.

Mid-match in mixed doubles final

Mid-match in mixed doubles final

In the women’s draw, Ubina again triumphed like last year, this time teaming with her fellow Team USA teammate Olivia Fiechter. It was an all-Princeton final, as Fiechter & Ubina topped Rachel Leizman & Nicole Bunyan in three. It was a busy weekend for Ubina—she played singles in the qualies of the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open on Friday night and then a half dozen doubles matches on Saturday and Sunday.

Many of the best matches were in the consolation rounds. Kang & Leizman won the men’s, beating Alex Nalle & Rishi Tandon of Columbia in four tight games. In the mixed it was an all-Columbia final with Mykhailo Sorochev & Lauren Johnston prevailing 15-12 in the fifth over Erik Morque & Dulakshi Elikewela. The women’s was also a five-gamer, with Trinity’s Anna Kimberley & Ashley Tidman overcoming Columbia’s Sherilyn Yang & Lauren Johnston.