For the first time in years, Cayman is in the top ranks of the Caribbean’s junior squash league.
Cayman’s junior team placed third overall at the 2016 Maples Junior Squash Championships last weekend at the South Sound Squash Club. More than 100 athletes from seven countries competed.
In the girls team finals against Bermuda, Cayman secured fifth-place with a 4-1 win. Key players were Jade Pitcairn, Mischa Kluyver, Kali Maclean and Emma Turnbull.
Pitcairn, in the U-15 class, beat Bermuda’s Abigail Brewer 11-2, 11-3, 11-5. Kluyver won three sets against Tiye Williams.
U-17 girls Kali and Emma also defeated Bermuda’s Madeleine Rose and Charlotte Toogood.
Barbados, with a 3-2 finish over Guyana, placed first overall in the girls team event; Trinidad and Tobago were third with a win over Jamaica.
In the boys team playoffs, Cayman and Barbados vied for a place in the finals against Guyana, the three-time defending champions.
With Barbados taking in the lead 1-0 in the match between Reginald Brewster and Jasun Sairsingh, Cayman’s Jace Jervis leveled the competition with his three-set win over Darien Benn.
Following his younger brother’s lead, Julian Jervis won the boys another point, with his set against Griffith, allowing Cayman a lead of 2-1. Barbados recovered, and the score was 2-2.
In the fifth and deciding match, Isaiah Robinson secured Cayman’s win with 11-8, 11-7, and 11-9 against Zachary Proverbs-Harris.
In the boys team event finals, Cayman placed second after a 2-3 loss to Guyana.
Coach Mark Chaloner said both teams performed well overall, with solid and consistent performances.
He noted that Isaiah Robinson, originally a reserve team player, subbed in the semifinals with Cayman standing 2-2 with Barbados.
“[With] all the pressure of the deciding match on his shoulders, this is when he produced the best squash we have seen from him to date, winning the match for Cayman and guaranteeing a top 2 finish,” said Chaloner.
David Pitcairn, 14, ranked fifth in the Caribbean for the Boys U-15 division, said, “This is my highest rank in CASA and I was happy to place because of all the hard work I’ve done.”
Julian Jervis, who was named the male 2016 Caribbean U-19 champion, alongside female champion Larissa Wiltshire of Guyana, won his third CASA title.
Jervis, ranked first in the Boys U-19, played his last junior tournament. In two weeks he will travel to Trinidad for the senior CASA competition.
With Cayman’s junior girls and boys placing second and fifth in the team event finals, Cayman finished third overall behind Guyana (first) and Barbados.