This past weekend, 276 juniors from eighteen states across the country traveled to San Francisco, California, to participate in the season’s fourth Junior Championship Tour (JCT) event. JCTs play a central role in national team selection, thus each of the season’s five JCTs are designed to draw the top juniors from across the country. These selective events feature the highest level of junior competition and draws are restricted to the top thirty-two ranked entrants.
Juniors competed across all age divisions—U19, U17, U5, U13, and U11—from Saturday through Monday at the West Coast JCT, hosted by the Bay Club of San Francisco, the Olympic Club, and the University Club of San Francisco.
Unseeded Anders Larson won his first JCT of the season with a 3-1 victory over four seed Max Reed, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7. Larsen advanced to the final, winning two five-game matches, the first coming against three seed Derek Hsue in the quarters, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 13-15, 12-10, and the second in the semis against Timmy Brownell, 9-11, 9-11, 17-15, 11-3, 12-10. Reed topped one seed Pierson Broadwater in a five-game semifinal to move to the final, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9.
Fifteen-year-old Casey Wong won her third JCT title, and first in GU19, this weekend. The third seeded Wong topped unseeded Helen Teegan in a four-game final, 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7. Teegan defeated two seed Emma Uible in the second round, 11-4, 13-15, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7, and then upset six seed Jennifer Davis to secure a place in the final, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4. Wong advanced to the final after topping one seed Christina Huchro, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.
BU17 top seed Sean Hughes won his third JCT title of the season with a three-game victory over two seed Clark Doyle, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.
One seed Morgan Steelman completed a perfect weekend with a three-game win over unseeded Grace Doyle in the GU17 final, 14-12, 11-3, 11-6. Doyle advanced to the final by winning a marathon five-game semifinal over Tara Arya, 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4, 15-13.
BU15 top seed Cole Becker picked up his first JCT title this weekend with a tight five-game win over two seed Patrick McElroy, 13-11, 7-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-7.
One seed Madeline Chai took home the GU15 title in her first JCT appearance of the season. Chai topped three seed Cassandra Ong in a long four-game final, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 20-18.
Unseeded Dillon Huang upset the BU13 one, two, and three seeds to win the division title. Huang knocked two seed Harry Charlton out of the quarterfinal in three games, 11-2, 14-12, 11-5, topped three seed Morgan Huberman in a four-game semifinal, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, and then upset top seed Mateo Giraldo in the final, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4.
GU13 four seed India Stephenson battled back from a two-game deficit to defeat two seed Marina Stefanoni in the final, 4-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9. Stephenson advanced to the final after a tight five-game semifinal victory over top seed Ashley Manning, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9.
One seed Rohan Iyer beat two seed David Beeson in a three-game BU11 final to win his third JCT of the season, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2.
GU11 two seed Brecon Welch overcame a two-game deficit to top seed Molly Stoltz to take the division title, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6.
Full West Cost JCT draws and results can be found on the tournament page on the US Squash website.
The fifth and final JCT event of the 2013-2014 season is the Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships, held from February 15-17 and hosted by the Meadow Mill Athletic Club. For tournament information, click here.