Cassie Prentice of Macrorie claimed one of the top spots at the Junior Racquetball Worlds earlier this month.
The tournament was held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico from November 3rd to the 10th. Prentice and her racquetball partner, Juliette Parent represented Team Canada in the U16 Doubles Division.
Prentice said, like always, it's some of the toughest competition there is for the sport.
U16 Doubles Round Robin
- vs. Bolivia, 15 - 10 and 15 - 6 (loses in two sets)
- vs. Costa Rica, 15 - 13, 13 - 15 and 11 - 9 (wins in three sets)
U16 Doubles Finals
- vs. Chile, 15 - 9 and 15 - 6 (wins in two sets)
- vs. Mexico, 15 - 8 and 15 - 12 (wins in two sets)
- vs. Bolivia in the Gold Medal Game, 15 - 8 and 15 - 8 (loses in two sets)
Prentice said despite losing in the final, the duo played some great racquetball through the weekend, "We got placed in a spot where we had to Chile to get into the semi-finals. We beat them, and then we had a really good game against Mexico where we beat them and made it into the finals against Bolivia."
The only team the pair was unable to best, both in the finals and round robin, was Bolivia.
Prentice has competed in the Worlds Competition for the past four years, but this is her first time taking home a medal. For three of those four years, she has competed alongside Parent, who hails from Quebec.
After a few years of attending the tournament, she said you get familiar with some of the competitors, "Mexico and Bolivia are two of the strongest teams, they're usually the only ones in the finals."
Prentice said herself and Parent often have a few days together to train, but only ever see each other during the annual event, "We'll always go two days before, just to train together at the courts but that's about it."
Prentice also competed in the U16 Singles Division, where she lost out just before the semi-finals.
U16 Singles Round Robin
- vs. Bolivia, 15 - 1 and 15 - 5 (loses in two sets)
- vs. Ecuador, 15 - 8 and 15 - 8 (wins in two sets)
U16 Singles Finals
- vs. Chile, 15 - 10 and 15 - 8 (wins in two sets)
- vs. Costa Rica, 15 - 2 and 15 - 4 (loses in two sets)