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T&T jr t-tennis boys in consolation playoffs

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The local trio of Derron Douglas, Luc O'Young and Javier King were expected to face the winner of the Peru and Aruba consolation quarterfinals match-up last night as competition in the Pan American Junior Table Tennis Championship continued in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This after T&T ended at the bottom of the four-team Group Two round-robin series with a 0-3 record against Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Argentina, but was handed a consolation quarterfinal bye into the consolation semifinals.

In their opening fixture on Tuesday morning, T&T went under to Puerto Rico 0-3. This was followed by a battling 2-3 loss, at the hands of Costa Rica on Tuesday night in which O'Young and Douglas won for T&T.

For the Central Americans, Daniel Araya defeated Douglas 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 and Bryan Solis swept past King 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

O'Young then mounted a come-back for T&T when he rallied past Henry Alvarez 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 while Douglas overcame Solis 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 11-5 to level the tie at 2-2. However, it was not to be for T&T as King fell to Araya, 4-11, 6-11, 7-11 in the fifth and deciding contest.

T&T then returned to action yesterday morning in their final round-robin match against Argentina which defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in its opener, and Puerto Rico 3-0 as well, and was also swept aside by a similar scoreline.

Douglas went under to Santiago Lorenzo 4-11, 11-8, 3-11, 2-11; O'Young was humbled by Leandro Fuentes 8-11, 4-11, 6-11, and King was overpowered by Alexis Orencel, 6-11, 5-11, 9-11.

Should T&T advance to today's consolation decider, it will come up against the winner of the other semifinal between the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

In the main draw, the top-ranked USA faces the winner of the Puerto Rico and Brazil quarterfinal in their semifinals while Argentina awaits the winner of the Canada and Chile last-eight tie.

The immediate target in each of the boys’ team left in the main draw is a top-three finish, that is the allotted number for Pan America in the 2018 World Junior Championships.

Winners and runners-up qualify automatically, to gain third place a further series of fixtures. The losing teams in each half of the draw in the quarter-final stage of proceedings compete against each other, the winners then play the losing semi-finalists from the opposite half; the successful teams in that contest then play to decide third place.

When the Junior Boys Singles serves off tomorrow, all three T&T players will also be in action.

O'Young will compete in Group Four against Chile's Andres Martinez and Noel Almonte of Dominican Republic.

King will compete in Group Eight alongside Pablo Palou of Uruguay; Canada’s Alexander Bu, and Dominican Republic’s Omar Andujar,

In Group Ten, Douglas faces Canada's Terrence Yeung, Sergio Bignardi of Brazil, and Jean-Claude Hoek of Aruba.


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