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Now for the good news: Growth and hope for women’s squash

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By Sarah Odell It’s only March, but I’m feeling that 2012 will be a good year for women’s squash. I’ve posted plenty about the many challenges we face, but things are looking up. Here’s what I see: PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HOW GOOD THE WOMEN ARE: Suzie Pierrepont and Narelle Krizek played in the ...

Would barring non-US citizens from US National Doubles Tourney kill the women’s game? (I’m worried)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

By Sarah Odell What does it mean to be the best? I pondered this recently while studying the lacquered hardwood board at the Greenwich Country Club listing past winners of the North American Open Doubles Tournament. How many winners – spanning more than 50 years – were American? Most. It wasn’t until ...

Playing against boys: Nour Bahgat is first female on Pro Squash Tour

Friday, October 7th, 2011

  [caption id="attachment_2593" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Nour Bahgat is first female on the Pro Squash Tour"][/caption] By Sarah Odell Egyptian squash player Nour Bahgat is doing what women at the top of their game do: Challenge the guys. Bahgat, who won the 2009 Women’s Collegiate National Championship her freshman year, recently became the first female ...

Why NCAA nix is such trouble for women’s squash

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

By Sarah Odell When the NCAA decided late in 2010 to cut squash from the emerging sport list, most people didn’t notice the decision, let alone realize the profound impact on the sport moving forward. But this decision is like hitting the serve out at nine-all in the fifth. Some background: 14 ...

No boast: Women’s squash in trouble

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

  By Sarah Odell Women’s squash is at a crossroads. I have written in this blog about huge strides that we have made with women’s doubles in the last year, but the women’s game as a whole -- singles and doubles, professionals and amateurs -- is in crisis. Women are being denied ...

Talking Doubles Squash with the Tippetts! (Mind-reading, sister competition, and sharing whites)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="The Tippett Sisters: Narelle and Natarsha"][/caption] By Sarah Odell This weekend, the Under 25 Doubles Championship takes place in Greenwich, Connecticut. Just yesterday I learned that there may not be enough women to make a draw. I have seen first hand the trend that US Squash is worried ...

Pro Squash Player Suzie Pierrepont Talks Passion, Tournaments, and — yep — Women’s (Lower) Pay

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

By Sarah Odell I met professional squash player Suzie Pierrepont last spring at the U25 National Doubles Tournament at the Field Club of Greenwich, CT. Suzie, a 23-year-old Brit, is ranked 25th in the world and is now based in the U.S. at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.  While US ...

Maccabiah Update: USA Women’s Squash Takes Team Silver

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

[caption id="attachment_280" align="alignnone" width="163" caption="From the opening ceremonies"] Sarah Odell, Team USA Sarah Odell has been competing in Israel as a member of the US Squash Team at the Maccabiah Games, where 7,000 athletes from 60 countries are competing for medals and bonding over their common Jewish heritage. ...

Countdown to Competition: The Maccabiah Games (and fears about heat-induced super-bouncy squash balls)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

[caption id="attachment_226" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sarah Odell (in blue) practices for Maccabiah Games "][/caption] By Sarah Odell Tomorrow I leave with members of the U.S. men’s and women’s squash teams to compete in the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv. The Games –- would you believe the third-largest sporting event in the world? -- happen ...

Jeanne Blasberg, chair of US Squash, on growing the women’s game, courting the post-college crowd, and amping up your game as you age (seriously)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Sarah Odell [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="US Squash board chair Jeanne Blasberg"][/caption] Jeanne Blasberg is Board Chair, of U.S. Squash and plays at state and national levels. Recently, she has been kind enough to teach my friend Ashley and I the game of doubles squash, which is all together different from ...