The United States defeated Canada 20-4 to lift a sixth straight Battle of the Border this weekend, August 5-6, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.
The U.S. hosted the eighteenth Battle of the Border in what was the second edition of the event held on U.S. soil at the Specter Center. Twenty-four players representing each country competed across U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls divisions.
The two teams trained together for two days, competed in mini games and enjoyed sightseeing in Philadelphia August 3-4, before two days of contesting the Battle of the Border, August 5-6.
The U.S. squad was led by coaches Karim Ibrahim, Christina Brownell, Nayelly Hernandez-Walker, Fabio Cechin, Lyall Patterson and Harrison Gil.
“It was a pleasure to host Canada for this special weekend of competition, learning and fun,” said Karim Ibrahim, Director of Junior National Teams. “This event is an important milestone in these players’ careers where they learn how to represent their country, support their teammates and compete on the international stage. Congratulations to Team USA on a strong performance. I would also like to thank Samantha Cornett for all her hard work and effort to bring this event back to life and we are super excited to make it to White Oaks for the 2024 Battle of the Border.”
The Battle of the Border has served as an integral part of US Squash National Team programming since its inception, providing players from the U13, U15 and U17 age categories the opportunity to represent Team USA in a team format–often for the first time. This experience helps prepare the players for potentially representing Team USA in the British Junior Open or World Junior Championships later in their junior careers.