The United States defeated ninth-seeded Colombia 2-1 in the 9-12 playoffs Wednesday August 20 at the Wanderers Club in Windhoek, Namibia.
Team USA had previously lost to Malaysia 1-2, in the first round of the World Junior Men’s Team Championships 1-12 playoffs Tuesday.
Derek Hsue, at the No. 1 position in the first match, pushed his Colombian opponent to a close second game of 10-12, but was unable to capture a win, and lost in three sets.
Max Reed, playing No. 3 in the second match, heroically battled against Colombia’s Dairo Sandoval, winning the fifth (and final) game 15-13 to give the U.S. its first win.
Timothy Brownell, at the No. 2 spot, in the third and final match, clinched a win for the U.S. Team, keeping his scores consistent at 11-5 for each of the three games.
The twelfth-seeded U.S. Team is set to play eleventh-seeded Team Israel in the 9-16 Finals Wednesday August 20 at 6pm local time.
Group A:  United States vs.  Colombia
Andrés Felipe Herrera (COL) bt. Derek Hsue (USA) 5-11, 10-12, 6-11 (38m)
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt. Santiago Orozco (COL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
Max Reed (USA) bt. Dairo Sandoval (COL) 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 15-13 (75m)
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