Top 8 Performances for USA at World Junior Team Events

By Matt Hetherington | Nov. 27, 2019, 3:56 a.m. (ET)


The US junior teams have again earned their place among the top teams in the world, this year reaching the top 8 positions in Thailand. 

Opening day saw both teams land a straight match victory, with the girls defeating Canada 3-0 and the boys beating Australia by the same margin. 

Day two saw the girls take down Australia 3-0 to clear their group stage, and the boys overcame Belgium by a 3-1 margin. The Belgian side's Adrien Rassenfosse scored the point over Michael Tran, with Nikhil Kumar avenging his teammate in the 4th match to seal the win.

Both teams advanced to the quarterfinal stage.

Amy Wang scored the first point against Japan, winning her opening match in 4 games against Miyu Nagasaki, but the Japanese side proved too high a level for the US girls as they advanced through to the semifinal stage 3-1.

Nikhil Kumar and Victor Liu scored a point each in their quarterfinal, with wins over Tai Ming-Wei and Huang Yu-Jen respectively, but Chinese Taipei were able to score three, with Feng Yi-Hsin taking 2 points, and Tai Ming-Wei closing out against Michael Tran in the decider.

The boys would suffer another crushingly close loss to a top Asian nation in the first match of the 5-8 playoff. They lost 3-2 to Singapore, with Nikhil Kumar landing wins in both of his matches to score 2 for the USA, and Michael Tran coming within a hair of beating Dominic Koh in the penultimate match, which he led 2-1 in, but ultimately lost out in the fifth.

The girls wasted no time in defeating Germany in three straight matches with Amy Wang, Rachel Sung and Rachel Yang all locking in victories to advance to playoff for 5-6. 

The playoff for 5th against Russia saw the Russians leading 2-1 in the best of 5 tie, but the USA dug deep and Amy Wang was able to close both of her matches in the 5th game, with support from Rachel Sung in the last match to give the US girls the win and a 5th place finish. 

The boys lost out 3-0 to Germany in the playoff for 7-8 and finished in 8th position. 

As the individual competition kicks off, be sure to keep up with all the results here.