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US Squash and Drexel University will host the first Pan American Junior Championships to be held in the United States, August 22-28.
More than one hundred individual players from sixteen countries will contest the fourteenth annual Pan Ams juniors at Drexel’s Kline & Specter Squash Center in Philadelphia.
The tournament format has seven gold medals at stake in junior men’s and women’s individual championships, junior men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships, and junior men’s and women’s team championships.
The individual competition kicks off the tournament with individual results determining the seeding and draws of the ensuing doubles and team competitions. The individuals take place August 22-24, doubles August 24-25 and team August 26-28.
The eight junior men and women representing the U.S. include five players recently returning from the World Junior Championships in Poland. The junior men’s team, led by head coach Simba Muhwati, includes world juniors men’s team members Andrew Douglas, Sam Scherl and Harrison Gill, as well as Cole Becker who makes his U.S. Junior Men’s Team debut.
Douglas, U.S. junior champion, leads the individual draw as the top seed and is predicted to meet Mexico’s two seed Leonel Cardenas in the final. Scherl is also predicted to face Cardenas in the semifinals as the three seed.
The junior women’s team, led by head coach Fernanda Rocha, includes world juniors individual players Mariam Kamal and Grace Doyle, as well as Madeleine Chai and Cameron Munn who make their debuts for the U.S. Junior Women’s Team.
Kamal leads the individual draw as the top seed and is predicted to meet Mexico’s two seed Laura Ofelia Barriga Ramirez in the final. Doyle is seeded third and predicted to meet Barriga Ramirez in the semifinals.
Last year, Team USA sent its first delegation to the Pan American Junior Championships in more than a decade and brought home four medals from Argentina: men’s team gold, mixed doubles gold, women’s team silver and women’s doubles bronze.
Rosters, draws and more information are available on the Pan Ams Live page.