Two of Team USA’s doubles partnerships fought for spots in the Pan American Junior Championships finals today: Samantha Chai & Kate Feeley for the women’s draw; Wil Hagen & Morgan Steelman in the mixed draw.
Chai & Feeley faced Argentina’s top seeds Clara Freytes & Camila Grasso at 9:40am local time, falling 6-11, 5-11 to their opposition. Hagen & Steelman met Mexico’s No. 1 seed Guillermo Cortez & Ofelia Barriga in the mixed semifinals at 11:40am local time and upset their Mexican opposition 8-11, 11-3, 11-8.
Hagen & Steelman will vie for the mixed doubles title later this evening at 7:40pm local time.
Despite a close second game, Clark Doyle & Spencer Lovejoy lost the quarterfinal men’s double match against Argentina’s Juan Segundo Barreyro & Miguel Pujol yesterday afternoon, 4-11, 10-12.
The Pan American Junior Championships includes three competitions: individual, doubles and team. The individual and doubles competition will conclude today, September 3, but the tournament culminates this weekend, September 4-6, with the team competition.
This week’s event 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