Saturday, November 26, 2011

Racquetball Canada's National Team Selection Event

Racquetball Canada is having its first National Team Selection Event of the season this weekend in Oakville, Ontario. So far there have been no big upsets. Mike Green, current Canadian champion and top seed, showed the form that won him that championship last May, as he defeated former Canadian Champion Corey Osborne, 15-1, 15-2.

Men's second seed Vincent Gagnon of Montreal also won easily, as he beat Tommy Murray, 15-9, 15-5. Murray's younger brother didn't fare any better, as Samuel Murray fell to 3rd seed Kris Odegard, 15-3, 15-8.

Fourth seed Tim Landeryou defeated current Canadian U18 Boys Champion Kurtis Cullen in two games, 15-8, 15-4.

A highlight match of the women's first round was Nadia Verilli's win over Brittany Nelson, 15-4, 12-15, 11-9. Verilli was a Canadian Champion in women's doubles in 1990, which was before her young opponent was born.

Results from this weekend will be combined with results from the National Team Selection Event in February 2012 in Regina and the Canadian National Championships next May in Brossard, Que. to select the players who will represent Canada at the 2012 World Racquetball Championships.

Play continues through Sunday.

Racquetball Canada National Team Selection Event
Oakville, Ontario

Men's Open

Round of 16

Mike Green d. Corey Osborne, 15-1, 15-2
Vincent Gagnon d. Tommy Murray, 15-9, 15-5
Kris Odegard d. Samuel Murray, 15-3, 15-8
Nathaniel Husulak d. Barret Husulak, 15-5, 15-10
Lee Connell d. Coby Iwaasa, 15-10, 15-9
Francis Guillemette d. Pedro Castro, 15-10, 15-11
Tim Landeryou d. Kurtis Cullen, 15-8, 15-4
James Landeryou d. Eric Desrochers, 18-16, 15-11

Quarter finals

Mike Green vs. Francis Guillemette
Vincent Gagnon vs. Lee Connell
Kris Odegard vs. Nathaniel Husulak
Tim Landeryou vs. James Landeryou

First Round

Pedro Castro d. Dylan Hunter, 15-7, 15-12
Francis Guillemette d. Dennis Oteyza, 15-3, 15-7
Coby Iwaasa d. Nicolas Bousquet, 15-6, 15-7
Barret Husulak d. Steve Scagnetti, 15-4, 15-9
Eric Desrochers d. Sami Harb, 6-15, 15-4, 11-3
Kurtis Cullen d. Sébastien Juteau, 15-6, 16-14
Samuel Murray d. Conrad Cole, 15-9, 15-10
Tommy Murray d. Colin Mohr, 15-13, 15-12
Corey Osborne d. Francois Viens, 16-14, 15-7

Women's Open

First Round

Valerie Fallu d. Callie Hunter, 15-3, 15-1
Michèle Morissette d. Kira Brereton, 15-5, 15-2
Nadia Vérilli d. Brittany Nelson, 15-4, 12-15, 11-9

Quarter finals

Jennifer Saunders vs. Nadia Vérilli
Brandi Jacobson Prentice vs. Christine Richardson
Josée Grand'Maître vs. Valerie Fallu
Frédérique Lambert vs. Michèle Morissette

Follow the bouncing ball....

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