Philadelphia Women Hope for Home-Court Squash Sweep

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Philadelphia Squash and Fitness Club to host Women's National Squash Championship

Fairmount Athletic Club

Having our A-Team win on our home courts would be huge

Some of the best U.S. women's squash players are preparing for their chances to win before a home crowd next month when Fairmount Athletic Club hosts the Howe Cup, the biggest and oldest national five-person team championship in the sport.

Two hundred women from all 50-states will play in the tournament, which is scheduled for the weekend of November 7th through the 9th. Philadelphia will have 6 teams competing in an all-out effort to beat their rival teams from Boston, which took the Howe Cup last year.

"Having our A-Team win on our home courts would be huge," says Orla O'Doherty, who was the women's national squash over-30 champion in 2003. She is chairing this year's event, but she will also be representing Philadelphia as a member of the A-Team. "I think we have a very good chance of winning the A and B divisions."

In the Howe Cup, each team has five women squash players, competing in four divisions or levels of play. This year's tournament will include some highly respected teams from Florida, Baltimore-Washington, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The event will be held at one of the sport's newest facilities, Fairmount Athletic Club, which opened in June, 2007. It houses 24 world-class singles and doubles squash courts inside a state-of-art health club.

The annual Howe Cup championship began in 1928 as an inter-city competition between New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Over the last 80-years, the tournament has grown so much that regions across the U.S. send several teams in each of the four divisions. It has been held in cities from coast-to-coast. The permanent trophy, named in honor of U.S. Champion Margaret Howe and her twin daughters, is considered a coveted honor in women's squash.

For more information on Fairmount Athletic Club, contact Demer Holleran at 610.992.1004 or visit http://www.fairmountac.com.

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