Tahjia Lumley and Alyssa Mullings emerged as the winners at the Jamaica Squash Association’s national senior trials, which ended on Sunday at the Liguanea Club.
Lumley was declared the men’s champion without playing in the final match as top-ranked Chris Binnie had to travel back to his base overseas due to work commitments, settling for the runner-up spot.
Lumley had earlier lost to Binnie in the preliminary round before defeating Julian Morrison, the All Jamaica national champion, 3-1 to reach the final.
Morrison and Dane Schwier completed the top four at the trials.
Mullings, who was unseeded, won all her three preliminary matches and went on to beat the number one seed Mia Todd in the semifinal and the number three seed Savannah Thompson 3-1 in the championship match.
Mia Todd and Melissa Lue Yen were in the top four in the women’s championship.
“We had good groups of seven men and eight women and we saw some tough squash over a compressed time,” said Joey Levy, chairman of the selection committee. “Overall it was just four days in all so most people were playing two games a day (and) it wears on you, but competitive stuff, (and) a couple of surprises.”
The selection committee will now meet to select Jamaica’s teams to compete in the PanAm Games in June and the Senior Caribbean Squash Championship in August.