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Gabriel Morgan Wins National Capitol Grand Prix; MP Resident Qualifies for US Junior Open Squash Championships

Original post made by Frank Schmidt, Menlo Park, on Nov 29, 2007

Gabriel Morgan, 10, one of the top ranked under 11 junior squash players in the United States, traveled to the Washington, D.C. region the weekend of Nov. 16-18 and won the National Capitol Grand Prix Squash Championships.

Morgan, a Menlo Park resident and fourth-grade student at St. Raymond School, won the Boys Under 11/13 age division in convincing fashion, winning four straight matches 3-0 and was never seriously challenged in any games despite being one of the youngest participants in the Under 11/13 draw. The three-day squash tournament, which featured some of the nation's best junior squash players, was held at the beautiful Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, a preparatory boarding school founded in 1839.

Morgan also did very well in the Boys U15 division. After losing his first-ever U15 tournament match, Morgan rolled off three straight victories to win the Consolation Final and take home third place honors out of 12 participants. Morgan is ranked 6th nationally in the U.S. squash rankings for Boys U11, and is ranked 35th in the Boys U13. Morgan is a member of the Pacific Athletic Club, San Francisco Bay Club, and Stanford Squash Club.

This Wednesday, U.S. Squash announced that Morgan has qualified to play in the prestigious U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships, to be held December 15-18 in Hartford, CT. The four-day tournament will feature the top U.S. and international junior squash players from around the world. Matches will be played at Trinity College, Loomis Chafee School, and Westminster School. U.S. Squash is the official national governing body for squash is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"Gabriel's success this year is the result of all the hard work, time, and dedication that he has put into developing his game," said Mark Allen, a former top-ranked world player from England and U.S. National Team coach, who is Morgan's squash coach at the San Francisco Bay Club. Morgan is also coached by Frank Schmidt of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Gareth Webber, associate head squash coach of Yale University.

"Most importantly," Allen continued, "Gabriel always plays squash for fun. Despite his relatively young age, he already has a keen perspective that squash is first and foremost about having fun and doing your best on the court. That it's not just about the wins or the losses. This great attitude allows him to take chances, and to be creative in his play and shot selection. Gabriel's future in the sport of squash is very, very bright indeed."

By Frank Schmidt, Squash Coach, Pacific Athletic Club & The Olympic Club