Mullings stays perfect to win Hi-Lyte title
This photo was carried with the incorrect name for the person identified at left, Cameron PhangSang, the boys' Under-11 champion, who was listed as Luke Roberts, the boys' Under-13 champion. The error is regretted. Winners of the Junior Squash Super Series age group titles pose with their trophies following the final tournament at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, yesterday. The champions are (from left) Under-13 boys' winner Cameron PhangSang, Under-17 boys' winner Ashante Smith, Under-13 girls' champ Mia Mahfood, under-15 boys' champ Jonathan Walker, Under-13 girls' winner, Tayla Ziadie and Under-15 girls' wiinner Alyssa Mahfood
Red hot Alyssa Mullings continued her streak of dominance by taking the girl's Under-15 title at the Hi-Lyte Championships, the final competition in the Junior Squash Super Series which wrapped up over the weekend.
Mullings, who beat Ashley Lynch 11-2, 11-3, 15-13 to take the title, was also crowned Under-15 Super Series champion, having won her age group in the series' three previous competitions. The youngster finished with the perfect record and looks like a sure bet to take the Under-15 title at the All-Jamaica Squash Championships to be held later this month.
Won't stop training hard
However, even with several titles under her belt, the 13-year-old is taking nothing for granted.
"I feel really good. I think my training is paying off and I feel confident, but I know I have to keep working on my technique," she said.
In the girls Under-13 category, Mia Mahfood rallied from a two-set deficit to win the title, beating Tayla Ziadie 4-11 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7.
Coming off a victory in the 20/20 Championships last month, Mahfood drew even with Ziadie, who took one the first two tournaments in the series. The training partners shared the Under-13 Super Series Trophy.
Reflecting on her thrilling victory, Mahfood said: "It was hard, but I never gave up. I just kept telling myself that I was going to win and that gave me the confidence to keep going."
In the boys Under-15, Cameron Anderson pulled off an upset when he beat Jonathon Walker 11-7, 11-7, 11-7.
However, Walker, who has been in dominant form throughout the series, claimed the age group title.
Luke Roberts beat Joshua Newman 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8 to take the Under-13 title and Julian Morrison turned back reigning All Jamaica Under-17 and Under-19 champion, Ashante Smith, to win the Under-17 crown. In spite of Morrison's victory, Smith emerged as the Super Series champion in the Under-17 age group.
The Junior Squash Super Series, which kicked off in February, featured monthly competitions designed to prepare the junior players for the Caribbean Area Squash Associations (CASA) Championship, which is scheduled for July 20-26 in Kingston. The four-series tournament was played at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.
CAPTION: Winners of the Junior Squash Super
Series age group titles pose with their trophies following the final
tournament at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, yesterday. The champions
are (from left) Under-13 boys' winner Cameron PhangSang, Under-17 boys'
winner Ashante Smith, Under-13 girls' champ Mia Mahfood, under-15 boys'
champ Jonathan Walker, Under-13 girls' winner, Tayla Ziadie and Under-15
girls' wiinner Alyssa Mahfood - Contributed