@GWSquash WSF World Junior Championships Update #2

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All three of GW's student-athletes continued individual competition after their initial elimination in one of three consolation draws at the WSF World Junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia this week.

To read about each player's matches in the main draw, click here. 

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Incoming freshman Mason Ripka won three consecutive matches in the "Plate" bracket before bowing out in the quarterfinals.  He first defeated Nikita Gilevskiy of Ireland, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, before dispatching Sean Redmen of Germany in the second round by scores of 11-3, 11-8, 11-6. Ripka then defeated Noam Peer of Israel, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4. 

Ripka's run ended in the quarterfinals when he fell, 3-11, 5-11, 7-11 to Qatar's Azian Amjad.

Sophomore Nicolas Valderrama, who previously won a match in the main draw before being eliminated, won a pair of matches in the "Special Plate" bracket before exiting in the quarterfinals. The Bogota, Colombia, native had a first-round bye before defeating Callum Lawton of Zimbabwe, 11-5, 11-4. 11-7.

Valderrama then outlasted Franco Romiglio of Argentina, 12-10, 12-10, 11-2 to advance to the quarterfinals before bowing out to Finland's Jami Aijanen. Set scores were 3-11, 5-11, 5-11.

Finally, incoming freshman Oisin Logan had a deep run to the championship match of the "Consolation Plate" bracket. Logan defeated New Zealand's Luke Jones, 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7 in the first round before advancing via walkover into the quarterfinals.

Logan's opponent in the quarterfinals, Nils Lindgren of Sweden, was forced to retire, allowing the Dublin, Ireland, native to advance into the semifinals against Sweden's Tor Christoffersen.

Logan dispatched of Christoffersen by scores of 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 to advance to the championship match, where he fell in five hard-fought sets to South Africa's Jean-Pierre Van Der Merwe. Set scores were 12-10, 11-13, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11.

All three player will remain in Namibia for the team tournament which is scheduled to begin on Saturday. 

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