College Squash "Big Game":
The Pinnacle of Spectator Squash in the USA
Squash Is Where the Action Is ©
Tomorrow in Cambridge MA, the two top college men's teams in the USA face off: Harvard vs Trinity. 1200 spectators or more are expected. Last week in Dayton, the top pro players in the world played off in front of approximately 125 fans. The week before that in Chicago, the top players also competed in a large metropolitan downtown. About 250 fans attended. In March, the biggest pro squash event in the USA happens in New York City. About 650 can be expected to attend the finals. Pay attention PSA, WISPA and WSF: in the USA, College squash is vibrant and exciting action, and attracts new fans.
In Hartford, Trinity Squash is big news. Hartford is a major city with no major sports team. Hartford embraces the UCONN Basketball team, that plays 30 miles from Hartford, but they also embrace Trinity Squash. A regular sports writer for the Hartford Courant, the main newspaper in Connecticut, covers most of Trinity Squash's men's and women's matches. Sports Illustrated covered Trinity last fall, when they set the college sports record for consecutive intercollegiate wins.
WINNING STREAK AT STAKE
Bajwa, in his own unique and quiet style, went about the project. He told the Boston Globe this week, "We've managed to raise our level, and Trinity is the reason for that. I enjoy competing against them. In the past few years we've been chasing Trinity, now I feel like we've caught up."
For his part, Assaiante is clearly nervous about the contest. The Harvard top three, featuring Sid Suchde who's on the Indian National team, Ilan Oren, who's on the Israeli National team, and Will Broadbent, in the USA top ten, is formidable. Paul Assaiante, as usual plays it close to the vest. "I just hope it's a good match after all this publicity." he said.