Menlo’s Morgan set for World Junior Squash Championships
Menlo School senior Gabriel Morgan has been selected as a member of the U.S. Junior Squash Team, which will compete this summer at the prestigious World Junior Squash Championships in Bielsko-Baiala, Poland. Photo by Dale Walker.
Menlo School senior Gabriel Morgan has been selected as a member of the U.S. Junior Squash Team, which will compete this summer at the prestigious World Junior Squash Championships in Bielsko-Baiala, Poland.
The nine men and women representing the United States were officially announced by U.S. Squash. Morgan, a 2015 junior worlds player, is making his debut in team competition.
This year’s world event features athletes from 27 countries and begins with the annual Men’s and Women’s World Junior Individual Championships, Aug. 6-11, followed by the biennial Men’s World Junior Team Championships, Aug. 12-17.
Morgan, who is set to play for Princeton next season, is a veteran of international squash competition. Last summer, he played for Team USA at the 2015 World Juniors in The Netherlands.
Morgan’s selection to Team USA caps off his final year on both the U.S. and world junior squash circuits. A top-five finish last month at the U.S. National Junior Squash Championships (Closed) at Harvard University further cemented Morgan’s selection to the team.
“It was one of my goal’s this season to make Team USA and I am really excited to again play for the United States and compete at the World Juniors,” Morgan said. “It’s a huge honor and a tremendous privilege to represent your country, and I know my teammates are I are all pretty stoked to compete against the very best players in the world and make the USA proud.”
Morgan said the men’s team is exceptionally strong — all of the players have had success at the international level.
“Most importantly, we know what it takes to properly train and get ready for worlds and the dedication that’s required,” Morgan said. “It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but I think Team USA can go deep in both the individual and team competitions . . . we cannot wait to get to Poland.”
In 2012, Morgan became the first junior player from California to be crowned a national champion, winning the Boys U15 title. He is a three-time U.S. Squash All-American and a two-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete. Morgan also is a four-year starter for the Menlo tennis team.
— Menlo School Athletics