Julian Jervis continues to be one of the biggest bright spots in local squash.
Jervis, 16, won the Boys Under-17 title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association Junior Championships in Bermuda. The St. Ignatius student defeated Jason Doyle of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6, on Tuesday after beating Benjamin Mekdeki of Guyana, 11-2, 11-0, 11-2, in the semifinals on Monday. Claiming the Under-17 championship marks the latest crown for Jervis as he emerged as Cayman’s national Under-17 champion last month and nabbed the Caribbean junior title in the Under-15 segment two years ago.
Micah Franklin, a professional Bermudan squash player, is among the tournament officials and said Jervis was not the only notable Caymanian performer.
“The semis had one of the most dominant performances after Julian took out Benjamin, only dropping three points in the entire match,” Franklin said. “In the Boys Under-15 group, No.1 seed Jonathan Walker from Jamaica came from behind to beat Isaiah Robinson from Cayman, 3-1.
“For the quarterfinals, the Girls Under-13 age group saw an upset from a newcomer to the CASA junior championships, Jade Pitcairn from Cayman. Jade had a battle to get past Mia Lake from Jamaica, winning 3-2 in a match that could have really gone either way. It’s a great start for a newcomer in her first championships.”
The final scores for Robinson’s match against Walker were 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 4-11. Pitcairn would lose her semifinal match against Bermuda’s Mia Mahfood, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9.
The Cayman players are not finished in Bermuda as the team segment of the competition started on Wednesday and runs until Saturday.
Jervis’s performance bodes well as he prepares to represent Cayman at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Taking place in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3, the competition features Jervis teaming up with local talents Myron Blair, Eilidh Bridgeman, Daniel Murphy, Cameron Stafford and Marlene West.