US Team to Compete at 2019 Pan Am Junior Champs Chosen

By Matt Hetherington | April 30, 2019, 5:55 p.m. (ET)


The Pan American Junior Championships is one of the most important US youth team events on the calendar, with continental titles on the line and World Junior Championships qualification berths. 

In 2018 the US team set the bar with an awe-inspiring performance, winning gold in all but one event - where they captured silver. The pressure to match that performance will be hard to fight against, but a team of the nation's top youth talents will be putting their best foot forward.

This year's event will take place in Cancun, Mexico - 24th - 29th June, the goal is to qualify for World Juniors in Korea in November. 

The teams selected are as follows: 

Boys Team: 
Sharon Alguetti
Nikhil Kumar
Michael Tran
Victor Liu

First Alternate: Ted Li

Girls Team: 
Amy Wang
Crystal Wang
Rachel Sung
Rachel Yang

First Alternate: Tia Hsieh

Team Coaches
Gao Jun
Joerg Bitzigeio

USATT High Performance Director Joerg Bitzigeio commented on the satisfaction of having many young players on a good level in the USA, not only the 8 players selected. Those chosen had earned their spots through their level, development, results and commitment, and furthermore will represent their country to the best of their ability.

The teams plus coaches will prepare together at a camp in Korea together with Korean Junior National Teams from 7th -19th June, participation is also a requirement for being nominated.  The only exception on the boys team will be Sharon Alguetti, who will not be with the team in Korea for the camp due to the fact that he will join our adults Kanak Jha, Nicholas Tio and Kai Zhang at a preparation camp in China from 5/22-6/9 and Sharon will be replaced at the camp in Korea by Ted Li.

"I want to mention that I’m very proud of seeing this kind of development and approach in our TTTeam USA that all our best players understood and decided to join the camp to benefit from each other and improve together, even though it is right before the US Nationals where they will be opponents. For bigger and future goals these moves are necessary and urgently needed." - Joerg Bitzigeio, USATT High Performance Director.