Mullings claims historic victory - Jamaican wins fifth straight individual CASA title
Squash sweetheart Alyssa Mullings won a record-breaking fifth title in five years, while All Jamaica Under-19 champion Julian Morrison claimed his first coveted regional crown as the Jamaican contingent blew up the courts at the 2014 Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Junior Championships now under way in Bermuda.
With five Jamaicans contesting finals, Mullings shone bright as she went for her first title as an Under-17 player on Tuesday night. The teenager, who recently won the All Jamaica Ladies title, was undaunted by the rankings as she faced the top-seeded Larissa Wiltshire of Guyana.
Ignoring the odds that weren't necessarily in her favour, Mullings delivered a blistering performance, spanking Wiltshire 11-5, 11-7, 11-5. The win erases the record of four consecutive titles, which was held by Guyanese squash princess Victoria Arjoon.
"I am extremely proud of my fifth title in a row, but I'm even more proud that I have finally beaten Victoria Arjoon's record of four straight CASA titles," Mullings said.
For Morrison, victory was the sweetest way to bring down the curtain on his storied junior career. With practically every local title under his belt, the experienced campaigner came to the championships seeking the elusive regional trophy to add to his impressive collection.
Standing in his way was perennial rival and long-time training partner, former All Jamaica Under-17 champion, Jake Mahfood. In an explosive showdown, Morrison kept his head to beat Mahfood 11-8, 12-10, 11-6.
"This is my last year as a junior and I am very ecstatic about leaving with an individual title and, hopefully, I can add a team trophy to it later this week," Morrison said.
Jamaica's two other finalists, All Jamaica Under-15 boys' champion Jonathan Walker and three-time All Jamaica Under-13 girls' champion Mia Mahfood both finished as runners-up.
Walker was beaten 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 by Josiah Griffith of Barbados, while Mahfood lost 11-7, 11-2, 11-1 to Megan Best, also from Barbados.
The hunt for glory continues in the team competition, which started yesterday and runs through to Saturday. The Jamaicans are now highly favoured to take the trophy in the boys' competition and also have a solid chance in the girls' category.