SANTIAGO, Chile – Two current members of the Virginia women’s squash team, Meagan Best (Barbados) and Maria Moya (Ecuador), and alumna Mandy Haywood (Barbados) competed at the 2023 PanAm Games in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 31- Nov. 4.
Best won two bronzes at the games, one in doubles and one in the team event. Haywood picked up a bronze medal in the team event.
Best and Moya both advanced to the quarterfinals in singles but did not medal in that event.
Best partnered with Margot Prow in the women’s doubles competition. They won their quarterfinal 11-5, 11-3 against Darlyn Sandoval and Winifer Bonilla of the Independent Athletes Team to advance to the medal rounds before falling in the semifinals, which earned them a bronze medal.
Haywood and Best both won their matches on the first day of the team competition to give Barbados a 2-0 victory against Chile in the quarterfinals. Haywood started the day with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 win against Antonia Vera Sepúlveda. Best followed with a dominant 11-3, 11-4, 11-1 win against Ana Pinto.
All three Cavaliers had previously competed at the Junior PanAms, but this was their debut at the senior competition.
Saturday, Nov. 4
- Barbados faced the United States in the semifinals, falling 2-0, which earned the team the bronze. Meagan Best fell 11-4, 11-1, 11-6 against Amanda Sobhy
- Maria Moya won her match 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 against Diana Garcia Fierro but Ecuador fell 2-1 against Mexico in the 5-8 delegation match of the team competition. She won again in the 7/8 match against EAI, topping Winifer Bonilla 11-13, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 to close out a 2-0 victory for Ecuador
Friday, Nov. 3
- Barbados topped Chile 2-0 in the team quarterfinals to advance to the medal rounds. Mandy Haywood started the day with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 win against Antonia Vera Sepúlveda. Meagan Best followed with a dominant 11-3, 11-4, 11-1 win against Ana Pinto
- Ecuador fell 3-0 against Canada in the team quarterfinals. Maria Moya fell 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 against Hollie Naughton
Thursday, Nov. 2
- Meagan Best partnered with Margot Prow in the women’s doubles competition. They won their quarterfinal 11-5, 11-3 against Darlyn Sandoval and Winifer Bonilla of the Independent Athletes Team to advance to the medal rounds
- Best and Prow fell 11-5, 11-5 against Laura Tovar and Lucia Bautista in the semifinals, but earned the bronze medal in the event
- Maria Moya and Maria Buenaño fell 11-5, 11-8 against Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Fiechter in the quarterfinals
Tuesday, Oct. 31
- Maria Moya won her Round of 16 singles match 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 against Diana Garcia Fierro of Mexico
- Meagan Best won her Round of 16 singles match 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 against Lucia Bautista of Colombia
- Moya fell 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 against American Olivia Fiechter in the quarterfinals
- Best was edged 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-3 by Canadian Hollie Naughton in the quarterfinals