Philadelphia, PA — The 2014 – 2015 Intercollegiate Doubles Championships were held this weekend at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the Germantown Cricket Club.
This season, 11 schools sent players to the event: Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Navy, Princeton, Penn, Rochester, Trinity, Tufts, and Yale.
The intercollegiate doubles championships, which were restarted in 1988 with help from Keen Butcher and Rusty Ball, celebrated their twenty-eighth consecutive men’s tournament, fifth year of women’s competition, and fourth year of mixed doubles competition.
In the eight-team women’s draw, the finalists from last season, Princeton’s Rachel Leizman and Maria Elena Ubina, returned to the finals; however, this season they faced each other. Ubina paired with Olivia Fiechter to defeat Yale’s Jenny Scherl and Annie Ballaine in the semifinals (15-7, 15-7, and 15-7), while Leizman paired with Nicole Bunyan to defeat Columbia’s Tanvi Khanna and Alisha Maity (15-8, 15-4, and 15-6). In the all-Princeton final, Ubina and Fiechter prevailed in three games (15-8, 15-7, and 15-12).
In the 19 pair men’s draw, Navy’s Andrew McGuinness, half of last year’s championship duo with 2014 graduate Hunter Beck, played with Josh Hughes. The pair were seeded #1 but fell in the quarterfinals to Rochester’s Neil Cordell and Mario Yanez in five games (6-15, 15-8, 12-15, 15-14, and 15-10). Cordell and Yanez defeated their Rochester teammates Michelangelo Bertocchi and Christian Riedelsheimer (15-12, 13-15, 15-9, and 15-12) for a spot in the final. On the other side of the bracket, Navy’s Jim Kacergis and Bill Kacergis made their second consecutive trip to the final. They defeated Navy teammates Jack Herold and Randy Beck (15-11, 14-15, 15-12, 10-15, and 15-14) in the semifinals. In the final, Cordell and Yanez won in four games (15-10, 10-15, 15-7, and 15-11).
In the mixed doubles draw, defending champions and Princeton students Samuel Kang and Maria Elena Ubina made it to the final after defeating Yale’s Joseph Roberts and Annie Ballaine (11-15, 15-5, 15-6, and 15-11). In the other semifinal, Yale’s Sam Fenwick and Jenny Scherl defeated Princeton siblings Rachel Leizman and Ben Leizman (15-8, 15-11, and 15-13). In the final, Ubina and Kang repeated as mixed doubles champions with a three-game victory over Scherl and Fenwick (15-3, 15-4, and 15-12).
For complete results, please visit the U.S. SQUASH Tournament page.