By Squash Canada:

Day One – Recap:
Day One began with optimism as every player participating in the 2019 Pan american Junior Squash Championships began their quests for Gold in Singles and Doubles events. Many of the matches today were dominated by the top seeded players except for a few close battles.

Girls Singles Event:
Marianna Narvaez Dardon (Mexico) pulled off a huge comeback win after being down two games to defeat Nina Mital (USA) by scores of 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 and 11-3. In other girls’ singles matches, the top players such as Charlotte Orcutt, Meagan Best, Maria Moya and more made statements by winning their matches in three games.

Boys Singles Event:
In the only 5-set singles match on Sunday morning, Nicolas Santander of Peru defeated Mateo Andres Avila of Ecuador by scores of 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7. It was a highly contested back and forth battle that had the spectators on their feet. Spencer Yager (USA) defeated Lisandro Ortiz (Argentina) after being down two sets by
scores of 7-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 and 11-7.

Boys Doubles Event:
USA’s Maxwell Orr and Conner Stoltz had the closest doubles match of the day against Ecuador’s Mateo Avila and Antonio Vaca by scores of 11-6, 8-11, 11-9. In other action, the top pairs dominated their matches and will look to carry the strong play on to the next round.
* Note: All Doubles matches are played according to Softball Doubles rules (Best 2 out of 3).

Opening Ceremony:
Day One concluded with the official Opening Ceremony that showcased the 12 countries participating in this years’ 2019 Pan American Junior Squash Championships. The teams were part of a Parade of Nations, the introduction of
the Organizing Committee, a beautiful children’s choir that sang the Canadian National Anthem and the Official Opening by Secretary General of the FPS Francisco Paradisi. The quaint Opening Ceremony put an end to a very successful Day One and the start of the Championship.

Darlene Holland, General Manager of the Mayfair Lakeshore had this to say about hosting the 2019 Pan American Junior Squash Championships, “Mayfair is honored to host the Pan Am Juniors this week, we hope everyone has a
great tournament!”

Team Canada – Day One Results:
Boys Doubles
o Neel Ismail/Douglas Kosciukiewicz lost to Peru by scores of 2-11 and 3-11

Girls Singles
o Charlotte Orcutt defeated Mariana Buenano (Ecuador) by scores of 11-7, 11-6 and 11-2
o Molly Chadwick defeated Abigail Brewer (Bermuda) by scores of 11-3, 11-7 and 11-2
o Erica McGillicuddy defeated Amalia Rios (Columbia) by scores of 11-3, 11-6 and 11-6
o Brianna Jefferson defeated Paola Franco (Mexico) by scores of 11-5, 11-8, 9-11 and 11-7
Boys Singles
o Neel Ismail defeats Andres Villamizar (Columbia) by scores of 11-9, 11-6 and 11-8
o Douglas Kosciukiewicz defeats David Pitcairn (Cayman Islands) by scores of 11-5, 11-5 and 11-2
o Emilio Carrillo was defeated by Rafael Galvez (Peru) by scores of 8-11, 5-11 and 9-11
o Nikhil Ismail defeated Andres Villamizar (Columbia) by scores of 11-9, 11-6 and 11-8