The thirty-seventh annual Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Championships, a unique part of the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open fortnight, were completed today with riveting results. The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Germantown Cricket Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club hosted the tournament, which featured six siblings, the most ever in its long history: Bassett, Davis, Kacergis, McCafferty, Murphy and Ubina.
Ubina was perhaps the story of the tournament. Since the event was started in 1942, no one has ever won it in all four years of eligibility until today. Maria Elena Ubina, a senior at Princeton, snagged the women’s draw for the fourth consecutive year. She partnered this year with teammate Alexandra Toth—her third partner in four years.
The second-place women’s match featured George Washington against Dickinson. Both schools were appearing in the championships for the first time. GW won in four.
In the mixed, Penn’s BG Lemmon triumphed for the second straight year. Lemmon & Alexandra Toth came back from a 0-2 deficit to win in five over Franklin & Marshall’s Samm Fulton & Fiona Murphy: 13-15, 14-15, 15-10, 15-4, 15-8. Drexel beat Navy in the consolation draw of the mixed.
In the fifteen-team men’s Butcher-Ball Cup, Navy’s Randall Beck & Jack Herold survived a barn-burner over Penn’s Lemmon & Hayes Murphy 10-15, 15-12, 15-13, 12-15, 15-8. In the fourth game, Penn came back from a 12-5 deficit, reeling off ten straight points. But Navy hung tough and when they had a similar lead in the fifth game didn’t squander it a second time.
Navy has more or less started a dynasty in men’s intercollegiate doubles, with their third victory in the Butcher-Ball in four years.