Saturday, May 26, 2018

Murray & Saunders win Men's & Women's Singles, respectively, at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships

Samuel Murray and Jennifer Saunders won the Men’s and Women’s, respectively, Singles Championships at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday. Murray defeated Coby Iwaasa, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2, in the men’s final, while Saunders beat Christine Richardson, 15-3, 15-13, in women’s final. The wins are the first for Murray, and the 10th for Saunders.

Saunders now has 22 titles combined in Women’s Singles and Doubles, which puts her ahead of any other player. She has one more than Mike Green, who has 11 Men’s Singles titles and 10 Men’s Doubles titles.

Murray’s win was his 4th overall, as he had won Men’s Doubles twice before this year: in 2014 with Vincent Gagnon and in 2016 with Pedro Castro, and then won Men’s Doubles earlier this week with Iwaasa.

Saunders looked to be cruising to her 10th singles title after winning game one and being up in game two, 13-2. However, Richardson dug in at that point, and started serving great, scoring nine unanswered points helped by three ace serves - two drives to the left and one to the right.

But at 11 serving 13, Saunders got the serve back with a forehand winner. Her 14th point came as Saunders hit a drive Z serve to the left that Richardson returned around the wall - side, front, side - and Saunders just set up in the middle of the court, and hit a backhand volley pinch winner to get her first match point.

However, Saunders couldn’t finish it. She skipped two match points, while Richardson scored two more points to make it 13 serve 14. Then a long rally ensued that ended when a ball came off the back wall to the left side, and Saunders hit a backhand shot that went off the top of her racquet frame and rolled into the front left corner.

On the next rally, Saunders hit a forehand down the left side to seal the victory.

In the Men’s Singles final, Murray led Iwaasa from 2-2 on in game one, winning it 15-7. But Iwaasa came out strong in game two to go up 7-1. Murray came back to lead 9-8. Then they were tied 10-10, and it was Iwaasa, who had to win the game, who scored the final five points to win it, 15-10, and force a tie-breaker.

In the breaker, Murray jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Iwaasa got on the board. But Murray then ran another five points to lead 10-1, and the writing was on the wall. Iwaasa did fend off three match points, but could only score one of his own before Murray ended the game at 11-2 for his first Canadian Men’s Singles title.

The National Championships is the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Worlds.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Samuel Murray d. 2) Coby Iwaasa, 15-7, 10-15, 11-2

3rd place

3) Tim Landeryou d. 4) Pedro Castro, default

5th place

6) Nicolas Bousquet d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-17, 15-5, 13-11

7th place

7) Lee Connell d. 8) Kurtis Cullen, injury forfeit

9th place

9) Tommy Murray d. 15) Ian Frattinger, 15-4, 15-8

Women's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Jennifer Saunders d. 2) Christine Richardson, 15-3, 15-13

3rd place

5) Michèle Morissette d. 6) Erin Geeraert, 15-10, 15-7

5th place

3) Alexis Iwaasa d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-13, 15-13

7th place

9) Cassie Prentice d. 7) Murielle Boivin, 13-15, 15-12, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

Friday, May 25, 2018

Top seeds face off in singles finals at 2018 Canadian National Championships

Samuel Murray and Coby Iwaasa in Men’s Singles and Jennifer Saunders and Christine Richardson in Women’s Singles will face off in their respective finals on Saturday at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In the semi-finals, Murray, the top seed in Men’s Singles and the 8th ranked player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) defeated Pedro Castro, 15-0, 15-2, while 2nd seed Iwaasa beat 3rd seed Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-13. Women's #1 seed Saunders defeated 5th seed Michèle Morissette, 15-6, 15-3, while 2nd seed Richardson beat 6th seed Erin Geeraert, 15-5, 15-5.

On Saturday, Murray and Richardson will be trying to win their first Canadian Championships in singles, while Iwaasa will try to capture his 2nd Men’s Singles title and Saunders will be trying to get her 10th.

The National Championships is also the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August in Cali, Colombia. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Cali.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Samuel Murray v. 2) Coby Iwaasa

Semi-finals

1) Samuel Murray d. 4) Pedro Castro, 15-0, 15-2
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 3) Tim Landeryou, 15-6, 15-13

Quarterfinals

1) Samuel Murray d. 8) Kurtis Cullen, 15-3, 15-11
4) Pedro Castro d. 5) James Landeryou, 15-13, 15-13

3) Tim Landeryou d. 6) Nicolas Bousquet, 15-11, 6-15, 11-7
2) Coby Iwaasa d. 7) Lee Connell, 15-5, 15-5

Women's Open Singles

FINAL


1) Jennifer Saunders v. 2) Christine Richardson

Semi-finals

1) Jennifer Saunders d. 5) Michèle Morissette, 15-6, 15-3
2) Christine Richardson d. 6) Erin Geeraert, 15-5, 15-5

Quarterfinals

1) Jennifer Saunders d. 9) Cassie Prentice, 15-0, 15-3
5) Michèle Morissette d. 4) Danielle Drury, 15-7, 15-6

6) Erin Geeraert d. 3) Alexis Iwaasa, 15-11, 2-15, 11-9
2) Christine Richardson d. 7) Murielle Boivin, 15-6, 15-11

Follow the bouncing ball….

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Iwaasa & Murray, Lambert & Saunders are 2018 Canadian Doubles Champions

Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray won Men’s Doubles with Frédérique Lambert and Jennifer Saunders winning Women’s Doubles at the 2018 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. All four players had previously been doubles champions, but with different partners. Iwaasa and Murray had each won twice previously: Iwaasa with Mike Green both times, and Murray with Pedro Castro and Vincent Gagnon. Lambert had won doubles once before with Brandi Jacobson Prentice, while Saunders had 11 doubles titles previously (10 with Josée Grand’Maître and 1 with Danielle Drury).

The Men’s Doubles final was a brother showdown, as Samuel Murray’s older brother Tommy was on the other side playing with Nicolas Bousquet. Iwaasa and Samuel needed a tie-breaker to defeat Bousquet and Tommy, 15-13, 10-15, 11-6.

On the women’s side, Lambert and Saunders beat Michèle Morissette and Christine Richardson in two close games, 15-9, 15-13.

The National Championships is also the third event that is used to select Canada’s National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in August in Cali, Colombia. The doubles results will be combined with the singles results from this week, as well as the results from the two National Team Selection Events that happened earlier this season, to select the players for Cali.

2018 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 20-26, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Men's Open Doubles

1st Place


Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray d. Nicolas Bousquet & Tommy Murray, 15-13, 10-15, 11-6

3rd Place

James Landeryou & Tim Landeryou d. Lee Connell & Trevor Webb, 15-3, 15-12

5th Place

Pedro Castro & Michael Leduc d. Kurtis Cullen & Tanner Prentice, 8-15, 15-5, 11-2

7th Place

Ian Frattinger & Josh Keil d. Mitch Brayley & Paul Albert, forfeit

Women's Open Doubles

1st Place


Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders d. Michèle Morissette & Christine Richardson, 15-9, 15-13

3rd Place

Danielle Drury & Alexis Iwaasa d. Erin Geeraert & Cassie Prentice, 11-15, 15-8, 11-1

Follow the bouncing ball….