After shocking third-seeded France in the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Junior Men's Team Championship, Team USA's run came to an end in the semifinals, where Pakistan topped the U.S. 2-0 to reach their eighth-consecutive finals at Enjoy Squash in Bielso-Biala, Poland.
The U.S. contingent will return stateside with their heads held high after the semifinal loss ensured joint third place.
The U.S. made their World Juniors semifinal debut a close encounter against second-seeded Pakistan. With the order of play set as 3-1-2, Sam Scherl led off the match against PSA world No. 234 Abbas Shoukat. Scherl, who sealed U.S. victory against France, claimed the first game 12-10, but then Shoukat turned the match on its head, winning the next three games and match 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 in forty minutes to earn a 1-0 lead.
U.S. Junior champion Andrew Douglas followed on against PSA world No. 128 and U.S. Junior Open Champion, Israr Ahmed. Two close games saw Ahmed win both 11-9 to earn a 2-0 lead. Douglas, who came back from 2-0 down to win against France, couldn’t make a second comeback as Ahmed edged the third game and overall match 11-9.
With no 3/4 playoff, the U.S. finishes their 2016 World Junior Men’s Team Championship campaign in joint third with England, who lost against top seeds Egypt in the draw’s top half semifinal.