Oct. 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — For the third consecutive year, juniors Andrew McGuinness (Merion Station, Pa.) and Jim Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) squared off in the finals of the annual Barb Tournament. With each having previously won the tournament, McGuinness in 2010 and Kacergis in 2011, the rubber match played out in spectacular form Thursday evening at the Halsey International Squash Courts in Annapolis with McGuinness overcoming an opening-game loss to win in four, 7-11 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.
“Andrew and Jim know one another’s games inside and out which played out in a great finals match,” said 13th-year Navy head coach Craig Dawson. “There were a lot of long rallies and excellent squash played.”
Established in 1958 by the late Admiral Eugene Fluckey, a Medal of Honor recipient, the Barb has been won by 37 different midshipmen. Fourteen men have now claimed ownership of the trophy multiple times with only four players winning it three times. McGuinness will receive a ships clock at Prizes and Awards ceremony during Commissioning Week and his name will once again be engraved on the Barb Trophy.
McGuinness and Kacergis complement one another with their styles of play, and while the two pride themselves in playing the game with great respect they are also fierce competitors. After McGuinness scored a 3-0 victory over Kacergis in the Barb Tournament as a Plebe, Kacergis was already looking forward to the tournament the following year. Kacergis found himself down two games to none a year ago, but defied the odds and upset McGuinness in five games.
As the top two seeds in the tournament, both players received opening-round byes this week before winning their quarterfinal and semifinal matches in three games, thus setting up yet another rematch.
“Andrew played a great match,” said Kacergis, who heads into his junior year with a 40-22 career record. “I thought the level of play was really high which is promising going forward as we start the season. I really enjoy competitive matches with Andrew, so I’m definitely hoping to see him in the finals next year for a rematch!”
“I was thrilled to play my teammate Jim Kacergis in the finals for a third consecutive year,” said McGuinness, who partnered with team captain Hunter Beck (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) to capture the 2013 Intercollegiate Doubles Championship earlier this month. “He is an extraordinarily talented and tenacious competitor who always pushes me to play my best. I am fortunate that he and my other teammates have the focus, drive, athleticism and sportsmanship to make our squash program one of the finest in the college ranks.”
The week-long Barb Tournament pits the Navy squash players against one another in a round robin competition which then sets up an elimination tournament. The tournament results determine Navy’s starting lineup to begin the season which is slated to officially kick off next weekend when the Mids travel to California to face Cal (Nov. 1) and Stanford (Nov. 2).
2013-14 Navy Squash Ladder
1 - Andrew McGuinness
2 - Jim Kacergis
3 - Colin Barry
4 - Mitch Bottini
5 - Reed Whitney
6 - Hunter Beck
7 - Bill Kacergis
8 - John Hsu
9 - Randy Beck
10 - Will Walker
11 - David Koenig
12 - Carson Craig
### Go Navy ###