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Morgan's junior squash career ends with historic finish

 

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 2016 World Juniors mark the end of Menlo School grad Gabriel Morgan and Spencer Lovejoy’s junior careers as they graduate to college squash; Scherl and Douglas remain eligible for the 2017 World Junior Men’s Individual Championship in New Zealand. The 2017 World Junior Championships will feature the biennial World Junior Women’s Team Championship.

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.

— USA Squash

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