Guyana’s quest to win an eight-straight overall title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Team Champions has become quite the challenge on day two of the team tournament at the Liguanea Club, Jamaica.
After winning two individual titles in the singles competition, Guyana finished day one with triumphant performances for both the girls and boys team. On day two however, the Guyana boys’ team stumbled to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 3-2 in their second match of the group stage.
The girls extended their win streak to three games with a commanding 5-0 sweep against Cayman Islands on Tuesday afternoon. Four-time Junior CASA champion Mary Fung-A-Fat, who won the U19 singles category, still has not lost a game in Jamaica. Fung-A-Fat helped her team by closing out Eilidh Bridgeman 3-0 in the U19 first string match up. National Under 15 Champion Taylor Fernandes also beat Nina Foster in straight games, while U19 number two Ashley DeGroot defeated Kristina Myren 3-0. National U17 champion Akeila Wiltshire also defeated Laura Connelly, while Rebecca Low benefited from a walkover in the U13 category.
On day one, the Guyana girls’ team also completed a 3-2 win against Barbados and a 4-1 win against Bermuda.
Boys Under 19 runner up Kevin Hannaway defeated Guyana’s team captain Jason Ray Khalil in the U19 first string match-up, while Boys U15 runner up Jason Doyle, who defeated Guyana’s national U15 champion Benjamin Mekdeci in the singles, defeated Patrick Fraser. Guyana’s third loss came in the U13 category where lone U13 team member Shomari Wiltshire was defeated by Kai Bentick. Wiltshire had come from trailing two games to defeat Bentick in the plate quarterfinals of the singles tournament, but this time around Bentick turned the tables and prevailed in four (3-1).
Jean Claude Jeffrey moved up to play in the U19 second string spot and defeated Romario Constance 3-0, while newly crowned CASA U17 champion Nyron Joseph also overcame Rory Thorton by the 3-0 margin.
Guyana had defeated Cayman Islands in their first Group B match on Tuesday 4-1 with victories from Khalil, Xavier, Jeffrey and Wiltshire. Wiltshire powered to a 3-1 victory against Isaiah Robinson in the U13 matchup, while Jean Claude Jeffrey dominated Daniel Murphy 3-0 in the under 17 duel. Boys U19 second string Steven Xavier brushed aside Nico Tummings in three games, while first string Jason Ray Khalil eased by Sean Murphy 3-0.
The boys’ team were due to play Barbados in their final group encounter before the competition moves to the semifinal today.
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