US Under-23 Championships 2006
Round Hill Club in
The finalists with Vijay Chitnis and National Coaches Natalie
Grainger & Mike Puertas
Lily Lorentzen bt Kristen Lange 3-0 (9-5, 9-0, 10-8)
Chris Gordon bt Gilly Lane 3-0 (10/9,
US Titles for Lorentzen & Gordon
Mike Puertas reports ...
men's final started with Gilly lane taking the initiative and
controlling the T, at 4-0 it looked like Gilly was going to be a
hand full for Chris, but a combination of steady play, great
Gilly finding the tin a little to often gave Chris the first game
The second game was a 9-0 blowout as Chris maintained his focus
while Gilly became impatient and error prone. The Third game
followed the same pattern with flashes of brilliance from both
players, but ultimately the consistent play of Gordon paid off.
The Ladies final was all Lorentzen up until the third game when the
racquet skills of Lange started to pay dividends, Lorentzen showed
why she has been the top US U19 player with a determined fight back
to take the match with a 10-8 scoreline in the third.
McGuinness, Fulham, Gordon, Lane
Lange, Lorentzen, Siebert, Greer
Kristen Lange bt Amanda Siebert 3-0 (9-4, 9-1, 9-2)
Lily Lorentzen bt Logan Greer 3-1 (9-6, 9-2, 4-9, 9-1)
Chris Gordon bt John Fulham 3-0 (9-4, 9-3, 9-7)
Gilly Lane bt Trevor McGuiness 3-0 (9-0, 9-6, 9-3)
Siebert Suffers in Semis
Semi final day at the Round Hill Club saw Amanda Siebert the no.2
seed and National U19 Champion downed in 3 straight forward games by
Kristen Lange from Seattle. Kristen showed up looking sharp and fit
and Amanda struggled to get going hitting too many into the middle
allowing Kristen to dominate in the front.
In the other ladies semi, Lily Lorentzen was pushed to four games by
the up and coming U19 National finalist, Logan Greer. Logan is a
great athlete and plays a good all round game and it took the
Harvard No.1 to knuckle down and stem the tide to advance to the
In the men's draw Chris Gordon easily moved past John Fulham from
Boston, who put up a spirited effort.
Chris and John both looked to be having a good time on court but the
more experienced Gordon picked his times to shoot and Fulham was no
match. In the other men's semi, Gilly Lane, Penn, game out the gates
firing and was too sharp for a sluggish McGuiness. The 2nd was a
little tighter, but Lane slowed the pace at times and
McGuiness was unable to deal with the change of pace. He
easily took the 3rd.
The finals promise to be great matches, with the former No.1 and
No.2 on the US Junior Team, Lily Lorentzen and Kristen Lange facing
off against each other and Chris Gordon and Gilly Lane replaying
their U19 Junior Final a few years ago. That was a 5 game thriller
that Gordon came through to win. He is a much more mature player
now, but Gilly is up for the match.
|2nd Round Women
Lily Lorentzen bt Olivia Blatchford 3-0
Logan Greer bt Alia Aziz 3-0
Kristen Lange bt Julia Drury 3-1
Amanda Siebert bt Kaitlin Russel 3-0
2nd Round Men
Chris Gordon bt Travis Judson 3-0
Gilly Lane bt Todd Ruth 3-0
John Fulham bt Chris Callis 3-1
Trevor McGuiness bt CJ Plimpton 3-1
US Juniors through to
The women's 2nd round saw 4 of the 8 girls that went to Belgium for
the World Juniors through to the semi finals. Lily Lorentzen put an
end to Olivia Blatchford's run, but she was pushed hard to win the
last game 9/7. Logan Greer was too strong for Alia Aziz, Logan is
hot after a great run in the Junior Nationals where she lost to
Amanda Siebert in the finals. Amanda Siebert played some very
controlled squash and had a comfortable win over Kaitlin Russel.
Kristen Lange had the toughest match of the 2nd round against Julia
Drury, Dartmouth. Kristen started out fast and strong, but Julia
hung in and pushed the match to 4 games and almost a 5th, but the
fiesty Lange pulled through.
In the men's 2nd round, Chris Gordon, currently ranked no.89 in the
world on the PSA rankings, brushed aside Travis Judson on his way
through to the semis. Gilly Lane, Penn, looked strong and showed
that he is one of America's top college players by beating Todd Ruth
in 3 games. Chris Callis had a hard time keeping the ball above the
tin at times and John Fulham took full advantage hitting some
terrific winners in the front left court. Fulham came through in 4
Trevor McGuiness, the current U19 Champion lost his focus in the 3rd
game against CJ Plimpton but ultimately came
through in relative ease to win 3-1.
|1st Round Women
Olivia Blackford v Carly Grabowski 3-0
Alia Aziz v Niki Clement 3-0
Mary O'Toole v Caitlin Russell 2-3
Britt Hebden v Julia Drury 1-3
1st Round Men
Jake Gross v Chris Callis 0-3
Todd Ruth v Tucker George 3-0
CJ Plimpton v Chris Delaney 3-0
John Fulham v John Barry 3-0
Travis Judson v Reid Andreason 3-1
Stellar Performance by the
juniors on the first day of the U23 US Championships.
It was a big day for 13 year old Olivia Blatchford from New York.
She overcame an opponent that holds the no.8 position on the
Princeton Squash Team, Carly Gabrowski. Through good attacking
squash and a gutsy performance in tight games she managed to
outmanoeuver her more mature opponent.
She now has the opportunity to test her skills against the former
U19 US Champion and current Harvard No.1, Lily Lorentzen. Alia Aziz
calmly beat her opponent Niki Clement from Bowden, Caitlin Russel,
Penn came back from 2/0 down against Maggie O'Toole, Princton in a
titanic 5 game match. Britt Hebden managed to sneak a game off the
athletic Dartmouth No.1, Julia Drury.
In the men's draw, the 4 first round matches were all 3/0 victories
in favour of the U19 Boys Squad preparing to go to New Zealand for
the World Junior Championships. The boys showed up fit and sharp and
were too much to handle for their college opponents.