Golden girl Alyssa Mullings ensured that Jamaica had plenty to celebrate by winning the Under-15 title in front of her home crowd at the 2012 Caribbean Squash Area Association's Junior Championships at the Liguanea Club.
The poised 13-year-old faced down the formidable Larissa Wiltshire of Guyana, beating the top seed 11/5, 11/8, 11/8. With the straight sets victory, Mullings who was the two-time Under-13 Caribbean Champion, left the regional championship with a title for the third consecutive year.
The match was not without its fair share of drama as Wiltshire crashed to the floor at the end of the first set and had to leave the court for medical attention. The Guyanese returned more determined than ever, but Mullings, who was cheered on by a boisterous capacity crowd, kept her head to win the following two sets and take the championship.
"I thought it would be a bit more challenging now that I'm playing in Under-15, but I was really motivated by the crowd and family and I've been training hard," Mullings said, who is also the reigning Under-15 All Jamaica Squash Champion.
"I really want to beat Victoria Arjoon's (Guyanese) record. She has four consecutive titles so that's what I'm going after," she added.
Mullings saved the day for Jamaica as her fellow juniors fought bravely but went down to their regional rivals in the semi-finals.
The 2012 Caribbean Area Squash Association's Junior Championship will run until July 26. The focus now switches to the team competition which gets underway today.