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Juniors squash the competition at nationals

Jade Pitcairn and Gyles Luke each came back from 2-1 deficits to win their respective Under-19 finals over the weekend at the EFG Bank National Junior Squash Championships.

Pitcairn fell behind Mischa Kluver 2-1 over the first three games of their final before edging her in the fourth and winning the fifth game for the 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6 finals victory.

“It feels great because Mischa beat me last year so it was good to get some revenge,” the new Cayman Islands women’s under-19 champion said.

On the boys side, Luke trailed Christian Dube 2-1 as well, but he easily won the fourth game to force a fifth and decisive game. There, he edged Dube 11-9 to claim the men’s under-19 title, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.

“It feels amazing,” Luke said. “I’ve been working so hard just to do this. It’s killing me right now but it’s just a great feeling.”

Cayman Islands National Squash Team Coach Mark Chaloner spoke to Cayman 27 about the importance of the tournament.

“It’s good to give the kids the opportunity to learn something and develop their skills,” Chaloner said. “Not just their skills in the sport but teach them about their own personal skills, too. I saw in some of the matches some really good determination, concentration and a huge amount of effort from the kids.”

Here are the full tournament results:

Boys U9
Winner:   Josiah McDermott
2nd place: Isaiah Rankin
3rd place: Nicolas Havlin
Boys U11
(Will take place this week)
Boys U13
Winner: Jace Jervis won 3-2 (9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 4-11, 13-11)
Runner up: Pierce Terry
Boys U15
Winner: Pierce Terry won 3-1
Runner up: Jace Jervis
Boys U17
Winner:  Gyles Luke  won by walkover
Runner up: Jasun Sairsingh
Boys U19
Winner: Gyles Luke won 3-2 (11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9)
Runner up: Christian Dube
Girls U13
Winner: Lauren Fullerton won 3-0
Runner up: Olivia Kluyver
Girls U15 
Winner: Jade Pitcairn won 3-0
Runner up: Vanessa Fullerton
Girls U17
Winner: Emma Turnbull won 3-0
Runner up: Kali Maclean
Girls U19
Winner: Jade Pitcairn won (11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6)
Runner up:  Mischa Kluyver

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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