Herold and Ubina Team Up to Win Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Championship
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Navy team captain Jack Herold (Sr, Chicago, Ill.) and Senen Ubina (Jr, Greenwich, Conn.) won their second Intercollegiate Squash Doubles title over the weekend, defeating Navy teammates Jamie Kjorlien (So, Greenwich, Conn.) and Jack Lentz (Fr, Philadelphia, Pa.) in a five-game nail-biter. Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia played host to the 23-team tournament which was represented by nine universities (Cornell, Fordham, Franklin & Marshall, George Washington, Navy, NYU, Notre Dame, Penn and Yale) vied for the title.
In a rematch from the previous weekend’s finals at the Maine Maryland Doubles Squash Tournament, Herold and Ubina opened up a 2-0 advantage in what looked as though it would be a runaway victory. However, Kjorlien and Lentz rallied to win game three, 15-6, and then leveled the match with a 15-11 game-four victory. The veteran pair who have played Navy’s No. 1 and 2 spots on the ladder in each of the previous two seasons proved to be the better team as Herold and Ubina scored a 15-7 win in game five to win the 38th annual Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Championship.
“Winning the doubles championship again is a great way to start off the season and gives us some momentum,” said Herold. “The championship was a great match and Jack Lentz and Jamie Kjorlien played very well.”
“The tournament was a great success for ALL of our Navy teams,” Ubina said in reflection of the weekend. “The success that our program has had in doubles is due to our preparation and emphasis on doubles in the earlier part of our season. We had great teams this year and were fortunate to be able to train with the Kacergis brothers, Jack Lentz and Jamie Kjorlien as we prepared. They are all phenomenal players and teammates. It was hard to play them in the tournament, but we all had fun and played well throughout the weekend.”
Herold and Ubina punched their way into the championship match after sweeping their first three opponents, including Navy teammates John and Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) in the semis, 15-8, 15-9, 15-13. Kjorlien and Lentz aslo swept their competition in all three matches which featured a 15-11, 15-13, 1-7 victory over Harrison Gill and Tyler Carney in the semis.
While both Herold and Ubina have previously won the doubles title, this is the first time they have won it collaboratively. Ubina paired up with Bill Kacergis in 2015 to earn what would be the first of three straight titles by a Navy team, while Herold joined forces with 2016-17 team captain Randy Beck to win the crown.
“Senen and I have been competing against each in practice and on the doubles court for two years now which has made us both a lot better,” said Herold. “Being able to play with him was a awesome experience, he is a great competitor.”
“Playing with Jack was great,” said Ubina. “He’s an incredible squash player and athlete and I was very happy to be picked to be his partner. Jack has been an incredible leader for our entire team as captain and his work ethic and intensity is unparalleled. He takes a very studious approach to the game and is a lot of fun to play with. Jack is also one of my best friends, so playing with him was an absolute blast.”
Head coach Craig Dawson has sent at least one Navy duo to each of the last seven Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Championships and a Navy team has played in the finals of each of the last six doubles national championships. Navy has now won three straight Intercollegiate Doubles Championships (2015 - Bill Kacergis & Senen Ubina, 2016 - Randy Beck & Jack Herold, 2017 Jack Herold and Senen Ubina) and four of the last five years (2013 - Andrew McGuinness & Hunter Beck).
The Midshipmen will hold their annual Barb Tournament in two weeks (Oct. 16-19) before officially opening the season Nov. 3 against Northwestern in Chicago.
Added Ubina, “We are looking forward to what looks like a very promising season. We have kicked it off with a good start and our team chemistry is coming along very nicely. We have some great talent in our younger players and everyone on the team is approaching the season with intensity and a competitive attitude. We hope to make Coach Dawson proud at Nationals in February and throughout the regular season.”
### Go Navy ###