3 podium finishes for VI at first national representation at Caribbean Senior Squash Tournament

Joe Chapman (Men’s Individual), Neville Sorrentino (Men’s Over 50), Mike Adamson (Men’s Over 40) each placed 3rd at 2019 CASA Championships

The Virgin Islands Senior National Squash Team competed in the Senior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships held in Guyana from August 18 – 24. This was the first time that the VI was able to compete as a nation as previously the territory had to join forces with other Eastern Caribbean Nations to form an OECS Team. VI finished 5th out of the 8 competing Caribbean Nations with Joe Chapman, Mike Adamson, and Neville Sorrentino placing third in their individual events.

National VI Squash Team at CASA Championships 2019

The Women’s team comprised Zoe Sorrentino, and CASA debutants Natalie Fay and Nicole Toppin.

Chapman, Dion Anselm, Jonathan Addo and Tony Campbell made up the Men’s team with Addo and Campbell competing in their first CASA event.

Adamson (Men’s Over 40), Sorrentino (Men’s Over 50) and Winston Findlay (Men’s Over 60) formed the Veteran team. Adamson and Sorrentino finished 3rd in their respective events with Findlay narrowly missing out on a top 3 finish after a 3-2 loss in his final match.

CASA Individual Event:
Chapman, Anselm, Addo, Zoe Sorrentino, Fay and Toppin, who all participated in the Individual event, fought well against strong opponents but only Chapman managed to progress past the 1st round.

Chapman, winner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Men’s Plate, played some focused and professional squash to navigate his way through to the semi final of the main draw where he faced 8-times CASA champion, Chris Binnie. Chapman played well and pushed Binnie hard but the Jamaican team player eventually proved too strong an opponent and ran out a 3-0 winner. Binnie impressively went on to win the event without dropping a single game. Chapman was awarded 3rd place due to the withdrawal of his opponent (who Chapman beat in the team event).

Sorrentino put together a great run in the plate event in which she narrowly lost out in the semis to the eventual plate winner.

Men’s Doubles Event:
Adamson and Anselm lost out to the 1 seeds from the Cayman Islands 11-7, 11-7 (the doubles is played as best of 3). Both men played excellent squash in a fast and furious match, and were very close to stealing a game. It was only a few unforced errors at the end of the games that prevented a win becoming a reality.

“Overall it was a great performance against a very accomplished pairing,” said Murrills.

Mixed Doubles Event:
Neville Sorrentino and Zoe Sorrentino caused a stir as the only father/daughter pairing in the event and also due to having the biggest age differential between teammates!

Playing against Trinidad’s male and female no.1 players was always going to be a tough match. With Doubles being an exceedingly fast game, the Sorrentino duo lacked a little composure in the 1st game but played a much better 2nd. Unfortunately, at 7-7, Zoe got hit exceedingly hard by a drive by the opponents’ male player which halted the momentum that the Sorrentinos had. The two however went on to string together several solid points and closed out the match 3-0.

Points gained in the 6 events – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, VETS Team, Men’s Team, Women’s Team – provide an overall standing at the end of the tournament.

“All our players can be proud of some fantastic performances and for the effort and team spirit they showed throughout,” said Murrills. “This year has really helped show us all the level that we’re aspiring to and I’m confident that the standard on island will improve and that we will bridge the gap to the strongest nations (Guyana and Barbados) over the coming years. With youngsters coming through our junior programmes who are improving very quickly, this again only serves to strengthen our future teams.”

VI’s Daniela Schumann through to Caribbean Senior Squash Championships


Daniela Schuman, playing for the OECS team, reaches the quarter finals in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) 2015 Caribbean Senior Squash Championships in the  Cayman Islands. Photo: Steve Cubbin

Daniela Schumann, playing for the OECS team, reaches the quarter finals in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) 2015 Caribbean Senior Squash Championships in the Cayman Islands. Photo: Steve Cubbin

An action packed day at the South Sound Squash Club in the Cayman Islands, the venue for the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) 2015 Senior Caribbean Squash Championships on Sunday August 16, 2015, saw the Virgin Islands’ Daniela Schumann reach the quarter-finals.

Playing under the OECS Umbrella, local squash Ladies, former professional player and Fitness Instructor at the Tortola Sports Club, Schumann, Zoe Sorrentino and Kirstin Gordon, had days of differing fortune.

Sorrentino lost in the first round, 11-9, 11-8, and 11-9 to Bermudian Susie Lacie and then reached the third round of the consolation draw before being beaten by Marie Claire Barcant; 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, and 11-9.

Meanwhile, Schumann picked up wins against Larissia Wiltshire from Guyana, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 and then Rhia Khan from Trinidad, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 to reach today’s quarter-finals.

Kirstin Gordon was also felled in the first round, losing out 11-1, 11-5 and 11-5 to Andrea Goodridge from Barbados. Gordon was then defeated by Wiltshire in the 2nd round of the consolation draw 11-2, 11-5, and 11-5.

The real story of the Women’s Division, however, is 13-year-old Barbadian Meagan Best, who also reached the quarter-finals, with two five set wins over ranked players, Claire Roscoe, the number one female player in the Cayman Islands, and Ashley Degroot.

In the Men’s Division, Jamaican Chris Binnie reached the quarter-finals and will face Bermuda’s Noah Browne, who beat two seeded players on his way to a match up with the Caribbean’s best.

The VI plays as part of the OECS team with Winston Findlay (60+) and Neville Sorrentino (50+) playing on the men’s team and Daniela Schumann, Zoe Sorrentino, Kerstin Gordon and Caroline Sorrentino all playing in the ladies Open category. The team competition starts on Thursday. The tournament takes place August 15 – 23.

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