The 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival Squash Individual competitions began today in Toluca, Mexico, with all five Americans victorious in the first round before Sunday evening’s second round.
The Pan American Olympic Festival involves twenty-three sports that are contested from July 11-September 30. The squash competition takes place September 7-13 with the Individuals contested September 7-10, Doubles September 9-10, and Teams September 11-13. For more information, visit the official 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival home page.
Six of the eight Americans enter the Individual competitions seeded. The Men’s draw of sixty-six players includes American Player/Coach and [5/8] seed Gilly Lane, [5/8] seed Chris Gordon, [9/16] seed Todd Harrity, and unseeded Chris Hanson. The Women’s draw of forty-three players includes American [3/4] seed Olivia Blatchford, [5/8] seed Sabrina Sobhy, [5/8] seed Cece Cortes, and unseeded Maria Elena Ubina.
Visit the Team USA Pan American Olympic Festival page for draws, player bios, blog posts, and follow the Team USA Squash Twitter account and Team USA Blog for updates throughout Sunday and the rest of the tournament.
Men’s Individual Main Draw, September 7:
[5/8] Gilly Lane (USA) bt Vinicius Costa (BRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Todd Harrity (USA) bt Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) 11-4, 11-2, 11-4
[5/8] Chris Gordon (USA) bt Nku Patrick (TRI) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6
Chris Hanson (USA) bt Miguel Vallenilla (VEN) 11-3, 11-1, 11-2
6:40pm ET: [5/8] Gilly Lane (USA) vs. [17/32] Orlando Rodriguez (ECU)
6:40pm ET: [9/16] Todd Harrity (USA) vs. [17/32] Ernesto Davilla (ECU)/Andres Duany (PER)
7:20pm ET: [5/8] Chris Gordon (USA) vs. [17/32] Francisco Lalama (ECU)
8:20pm ET: Chris Hanson (USA) vs. Rodrigo Sauvalle (CHI)/ Alfredo Avila (MEX)
Women’s Individual Main Draw, September 7:
Maria Elena Ubina (USA) bt Andrea Soria (ECU) 11-3, 11-1, 11-5
5:20pm ET: [5/8] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) vs. Pamela Anckermann (GUA)
5:20pm ET: [3/4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) vs. Nicole Espinosa (ECU)
6:00pm ET: [5/8] Cece Cortes (USA) vs. Maria Paz Picasso (PER)
6:00pm ET: Maria Elena Ubina (USA) vs. [9/16] Karol Gonzalez (COL)