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JUNIORS OF THE MONTH -- ESHAN ALI, AARYA SHETTY, AND VAISHANT MANGALAMPALLI

By Anwar Ali | Sept. 19, 2022, 9:50 a.m. (ET)

Congratulations to Eshan Ali, Aarya Shetty, and Vaishant Mangalampalli, three Junior players out of Bay Club Fremont (California) who have earned their places on the U.S. Junior National Team (Esprit 14 & Under for Eshan and Esprit 12 & Under for Aarya and Vaishant) to compete at the IRF World Junior Championships in Guatemala City this December. They double- or triple-qualified in Des Moines in June 2022 and have been training hard ever since to bring their A-games and beyond to World Juniors!

Speaking on behalf of myself and my fellow coaches––Rod Guadalupe, Robbie Collins, and now Adam Manilla––we are incredibly proud of the hard work and spirit that has brought these great athletes to the national limelight.

Get to know Eshan, Vaishant, and Aarya better here, and please follow them and the entire U.S. Junior Team as they prepare for the trip to Guatemala (see companion article in this September issue of Serving Up the News!).


ESHAN ALI

ESHAN ALI, September Junior of the Month

Age: 15
School: Sophomore at James Logan High School, Union City, California

Started playing Racquetball at 5 years old

Multiple National Junior Singles and Doubles Champion and two-time World Juniors Bronze medalist in Singles and Doubles

Qualified at the 2022 Nationals for Boys 14 & Under Singles and Boys 14 & Under Doubles (Partner: Nathan Rykhus)

Special Racquetball Skills: Staying calm under pressure and keeping his focus

Eshan has always had great support from E-Force Racquetball, Reaching Your Dream Foundation, California Nevada Racquetball Association, the Northern California Racquetball community, and friends and family.

Eshan played 7 years of Baseball and 5 years of Basketball. He is currently trying Track & Field.

Interests outside Racquetball: Playing video games and hanging out with friends.

Ehan Ali September 2022 Junior of the Month


AARYA SHETTY

Aarya Shetty September 2022 Junior of the Month

Age: 13
School: 8th grader at Horner Middle School, Fremont California

Started playing Racquetball at 3 years old after watching her big sister Sonya play

Played Baseball early on but started Racquetball full time at 10 years old

2022 Triple Gold Champion: Qualified at the 2022 USAR National Junior Championships for Girls 12 & Under Singles, Girls 12 & Under Doubles (Partner: Sarah Bawa), and Mixed 12 & Under Doubles (Partner: Vaishant Mangalampalli)

Special Racquetball Skills: Court awareness and learning to make amazing shots

Aarya is one of the sweetest and friendliest girls you will ever meet; all the players and coaches love her!

Aarya Shetty September 2022 Junior of the Month


VAISHANT MANGALAMPALLI

VAISHANT MANGALAMPALLI September 2022 Junior of the Month

 

VAISHANT MANGALAMPALLI September 2022 Junior of the Month

Age: 12
School: 7th grader at Horner Middle School, Fremont, California

Started playing Racquetball at 6 years old

2022 Triple Gold Champion: Qualified at the 2022 USAR National Junior Championships for Boys 12 & Under Singles, Boys 12 & Under Doubles (Partner: Lucas Frost-Biskup), and Mixed 12 & Under Doubles (Partner: Aarya Shetty).

Note: In the Boys 12 & Under Doubles at World Juniors, Lucas unfortunately cannot attend; Vaishant’s partner in Guatemala will be Alejandro Robles Picon.

Special Racquetball Skills: Trying to make picture-perfect shots and his dedication for perfection

Vaishant is one of the fastest kids in his P.E. class and trains in Squash as well as Racquetball.

Interests outside Racquetball: Spending time with his little sister and dog, reading, watching TV, and playing video games.

VAISHANT MANGALAMPALLI September 2022 Junior of the Month


Bay Club Fremont Junior Team
Coach Rod Guadalupe originally recruited the players. The Team has been recently coached by Robbie Collins (IRT Pro #23 and former Junior Team USA Assistant Coach) and is currently coached by Adam Manilla (IRT Pro #12 and founder of Manilla Athletics).

We have enjoyed great success at USAR National Juniors and IRF World Juniors in the past and are looking forward to continuing the trend in Guatemala City, December 2-10, 2022!

Bay Club team sharing their medals with Junior players

Bay Club team sharing their medals with Junior players

Medals and Awards Galore!  Eshan Ali, Vaishant Mangalampalli, Robbie Collins, Aarya Shetty, Sonya Shetty, and Anwar Ali

Medals and Awards Galore! Eshan Ali, Vaishant Mangalampalli, Robbie Collins, Aarya Shetty, Sonya Shetty, and Anwar Ali

In Des Moines, June 2022: Coach Anwar Ali, Nikhi Prasad, Aarya Shetty, Sonya Shetty, Vaishant Mangalampalli, Eshan Ali, and Coach Robbie Collins

In Des Moines, June 2022: Coach Anwar Ali, Nikhi Prasad, Aarya Shetty, Sonya Shetty, Vaishant Mangalampalli, Eshan Ali, and Coach Robbie Collins

Photos courtesy of Anwar Ali and Junior Families