MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A year after qualifying for the U.S. junior national racquetball team that competed in the 2015 International Racquetball Federation’s junior world championships as an alternate, Lumberton native Elena Dent will make a return trip this fall, but had her fate locked in at the national championship.
At the 2016 National Junior Olympic racquetball championships hosted in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 22 – 26, Dent clinched a berth in the junior world championships by winning the 14 and under girls doubles championship. Her brother, Dominic, competed in two different age groups and won the consolation bracket in one of those divisions.
Elena won the 14 and under girls doubles championship with Nikita Chauhan of San Ramon, Calif., as the duo went 3-0 in the round robin tournament. She also came in third in the 14 and under singles that was won by Chauhan and will serve as the first alternate in singles for the junior world championships.
Dominic won the 18 and under consolation bracket after falling in the championship bracket to top-ranked Mauro Rojas in the round of 16. He returned to take two straight wins to claim the consolation championship. Dominic also competed in the 16 and under division.
The International Racquetball Federation’s junior world championships will be held in Mexico in November.