The first Team USA contingent sent to the Pan American Junior Championships in more than a decade has arrived in Resistencia, Argentina. Match play begins today August 31, and continues through September 6.
The Pan American Junior Championships includes three competitions: individual, doubles, and team. The individual competition leads off the tournament, August 31-September 3, overlapping with the doubles competition, September 1-3, and culminating in the team competition September 4-6.
The Pan American Junior Championship comprises junior competitors from nations in North, Central and South America. Similar to the adult-level Pan American Games, this event includes a singles, team and softball doubles competition.
The eight-player delegation includes: Spencer Lovejoy, Clark Doyle, Samuel Epley, Wil Hagen for the boys; Morgan Steelman, Kate Feeley, Samantha Chai, and Marina Stefanoni for the girls.
Of Team USA, four players are seeded: Lovejoy 3/4 and Chai, Stefanoni, and Steelman are all seeded 9/16. The entire team will be supported by Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach Paul Assaiante, who is joined by U.S.-based Argentinian coach Fernanda Rocha.
This week’s competition is an embodiment of US Squash’s goal to support regional and global squash initiatives, helping to ensure the long-term health of the sport. This tournament joins one of the many opportunities available to American juniors, including the first Team USA British Junior Open and the 2016 Battle of the Border, which for the first time will feature U.S. team members playing against juniors from all over Canada.
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For more information, visit the official 2015 Pan American Junior Championships site.