JAMAICA'S national squash team has advanced to the semi-finals after posting another round of wins in the Team Competition of the Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago yesterday.
Fresh from their victory over regional powerhouse Guyana, the Jamaican boys' team maintained their devastating form beating the OECS 3-1. Under-15 contender Jonathan Walker got the competition off to a roaring start when he whipped Geronimo Ross 11/2, 11/0, 11/1. Then All Jamaica Under-17 champion Jake Mahfood dispatched Jason Doyle 11/2, 11/9, 11/13, 11/7, and Under-19 champion Julian Morrison dismissed Eashwam Adams 11/5, 11/4, 11/3.
All Jamaica Under-13 champion Adam Ardito lost to Kai Bentick 3/11, 7/11, 3/11, but with the three prior victories safely in hand, the Jamaicans have advanced to the semi-final round.
Not to be outdone, the girls' team also won three of their four matches in convincing fashion.
Coming off a third place finish in the individual competition, young gun Mia Lake beat Sasha Broderick 11/5, 11/8, 11/6. Ashley Lynch lost to Lara Connelly 2/11, 5/11, 8/11, but Michaelann Denton trampled Nike Broderick 11/2, 11/2, 11/1, and team captain Jessica Perkins crushed Alex Arduch 11/4, 11/3, 11/1 to seal the deal for Jamaica.
Jamaica's national junior coach Rene Denis, said, "I'm delighted by the team's play. We've prepared for months to get this far and the results speak volumes about the amount of work these young athletes have put into their games.
"The team has gelled as a unit and the whole country can feel proud of their effort and composure both on and off the court."
While upbeat about the success so far, Denis was quick to add that the going would get tougher from here on.
"Performance is measured by results and although we've put some strong numbers on the board, we're only half-way through the team event. We'll face strong competition in the semis tomorrow (today) and we'll have to be firing on all cylinders to reach both the girls' and boys' finals; but I have the utmost confidence in every single player."