Juniors back on track at squash tourney
JAMAICA'S Boys and Girls Teams both rebounded from first-round losses to claw their way back into contention at the 2012 Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championships, currently underway at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.
After suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, the Jamaica Girls rallied to beat Cayman, 3-2, in the second leg of the round-robin competition.
The hometown girls received a walk-over result to win the Under-13 category, but then went down 0-2 as Under-19 players Jessica Perkins and Dana Saulter lost their matches.
It was then left to former national Junior champion Mary Mahfood and newly-crowned Under-15 Caribbean champion Alyssa Mullings to pull off the win for the home team.
The girls responded with straight sets wins, which buoyed the team's confidence as they went on to face Barbados in the third round.
Against the Barbadians, Mullings delivered the win as was expected. Her teammate Ashley Lynch and Sara Conway were defeated, but Jamaica received two walkovers to take the round 3-2.
The Jamaican girls are now tied for second with Trinidad and will face Bermuda today.
Also suffering a round one loss, the Jamaican boys staged an unbelievable comeback to sweep the Bahamas. The local players lost 3-2 to regional rising stars Bermuda on Monday, but fought back yesterday to dominate the Bahamians.
Jamaica dismissed the visitors, 5-0, with All Jamaica Under-13 champion Jonathan Walker and his teammates Stephan Morrison, David Mullings and Joshua and Jake Mahfood all racking up wins.
Now the boys move to the third round where they face Trinidad and Tobago. With both teams tied on three points, the Jamaicans must win in order to progress to the semi-finals.
The most prestigious event in the regional squash calendar, the 2012 Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championships continues until tomorrow.