On Friday, January 24th, SMUS hosted an extremely successful and competitive ISA Squash Championships.
In the Open Girls event, the SMUS top team of Grace Thomas, Janel Gaube, Madison Liew, Noelle Skillings, and Giai Phan moved easily through the competition, not dropping a single game en route to the title. However, equally pleasing was the play of Vivian Lam, Uma Hallea, Sun-Eui Choi, Flora Feng, and Kara Jebbink. This second group ended up squeaking by Shawnigan three matches to two to claim the silver medal.
The Senior boys team, with Gavin Maxwell making his return from a shoulder injury, looked to improve on its third-place finish of 2013. Fine performances by Jack Janus, Leif Skogland, and Ryan Cui saw a nail biting semi-final match against a skilled and experienced St. George’s squad level out at 2-2, with Michael Rossi’s match to be the decider. With a large home crowd on hand, Rossi put on a great show edging out his opponent in extra points in the fifth and deciding game.
In the final, a strong Shawnigan team showed its worth, leaving SMUS with a solid and well earned second place finish. The local television cameras were on hand to film Maxwell’s match vs Bransten Ming, Shawnigan’s top player. Both are among the top U-17 players in Canada and they treated the crowd to some exceptional squash. Look forward to a few more battles in the future as the pair are only in grade 11.
At the junior level, Jason Yoo, Robert Fisher, Euan Hannigan linked up with two Grade 8 athletes, Tony Liu and Owen Weismiller, to form the SMUS team. The first three named are experienced competitive players and won all of their matches quite comfortably. The latter pair each won a match and gained invaluable experience as SMUS won the trophy for the first time in school history.
Overall, SMUS enjoyed an excellent competition, with two gold and two silver medals. Many of the squad will be back in action February 13-16 at the Pacific Northwest Jesters event, set to be hosted in Victoria at both the Cedar Hill Squash Club and SMUS.