Season’s Largest JCT Concludes in Baltimore

JCT2014The 2013-2014 Junior Championship Tour (JCT) wrapped up this weekend as the Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships concluded in Baltimore. In the biggest turnout this season, 307 juniors traveled to Meadow Mill Athletic Club to compete across all age divisions—U19, U17, U15, U13, and U11—in the season’s final JCT event. A record four competitors completed the weekend without dropping a single game, Sabrina Sobhy, Ryan Murray, Mateo Giraldo, and Marina Stefanoni.

Each season’s five JCTs feature the highest level of junior competition. Draws at these selective events are restricted to the top thirty-two ranked entrants, and they play a key role in national team selection.

Sixteen-year-old Timmy Brownell captured the BU19 title for his second JCT win of the season, and his first at the BU19 level. Eighth seeded Brownell ousted top seed Pierson Broadwater in a four-game quarterfinal, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, and then upset two seed Derek Hsue in the final, 11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6.

Sabrina Sobhy capped-off the 2013-2014 JCT with a perfect weekend and the GU19 title. Sobhy faced U.S. National teammate Olivia Fiechter in the final, topping her in three games, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5.

BU17 top seed Sean Hughes closed out the season with his fourth JCT win in four appearances. Hughes secured the BU17 title with a four-game final victory over two seed David Yacobucci, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7.

The top two GU17 seeds, Morgan Steelman and Eleonore Evans, faced off in the division final. One seed Steelman came out on top in a four-game battle, winning her second JCT title of the season, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11.

Top seeded Ryan Murray finished the weekend strong, taking the BU15 title without dropping a game. Murray faced three seed Tyler Carney in the final, defeating him in a tight three-games, 13-11, 11-5, 12-10. On his way to the final, Carney upset two seed Cole Becker in a three-game semifinal, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5.

GU15 one seed Elle Ruggiero kept up her winning streak, topping Baila Mudgil to win her season’s fourth JCT title, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9. Six seed Mudgil had an impressive run this weekend, dispatching both three seed Ona Prokes in the quarterfinal, and two seed Casey Kelly in a five-game semifinal, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5.

Mateo Giraldo concluded the season with a perfect weekend and his third JCT win. The top seeded Giraldo defeated two seed Jed Burde in a three-game BU13 final, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7.

GU13 one seed Marina Stefanoni also completed the season on a winning note, taking home her second JCT title without dropping a game. Stefanoni topped three seed Meghna Sreedhar in a decisive three-game final, 11-2, 11-7, 11-3. Sreedhar advanced to the final after upsetting two seed Ashely Manning in three games, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

Unseeded John Paul Tew took the BU11 title, ousting two seed Charles Braff in the quarterfinals, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9, and three seed Shaam Gambhir in the semis, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12. Tew topped one seed David Beeson in a four-game final to capture his first JCT title, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9.

Two seed Brecon Welch picked up the GU11 title with a four-game victory over four seed Abigail Schuster, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7.

For full results and draws from the Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships, visit the tournament page on the US Squash website.

Only one major events remains to determine the 2014 Junior National Teams, the 2014 U.S. Junior Squash Championships (Closed), hosted at Princeton University from March 14-16. Draws at this event are restricted to the top thirty-two ranked entrants. For more information, visit the 2014 U.S. Junior Squash Championships (Closed) tournament page.

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