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By Wes Brown
The Western women's squash team plan to do just that to the competition, as they defend their Ontario University Athletics championship this season.
Western head coach Leslie Forsbrey said she hoped her team would repeat last year's success and place first in the province.
"The team is looking very strong already. We have the same calibre of team as last year with the addition of some great new rookies.
Western will host a tournament on Nov. 14 at London's Town and Country Club a competition, Forsbrey hoped would turn out better then the tournament held at Ryerson Polytechnic University early in October.
"Our first outing was not as good as it could've been. We ended up third overall at the Ryerson tournament," she said. "Our key [to victory] this season will be determination and looking at our opponents weaknesses and working towards exposing them."
Leanne Devos, third-year player and second seed, said despite losing a few good players to graduation, the team is eager and has a lot more spirit than in previous years.
"You can't just go on the court and win for yourself, the key is working together as a team," she said. "I think we'll probably finish in first place, we can't really do better than last season, so I hope we can match it."
Last year's coach and team member Tiffany Foster was a good leader, but Devos admitted it was hard taking instructions from a teammate. "This year we have a full-time coach which is much better."
Mustang rookie and sixth seed Shannen Madden said although the team is good this year, it is a much different group from last year's gold medalists.
"We're a pretty new team, or a young team, anyway. I think its going to mean a great potential for this season and seasons to come. I'm confident that we're going to win the OUAs at the end of the year," Madden said.
Hosting the next tournament is definitely going to be an advantage for the Mustangs, however Madden said the biggest advantage they have is the experience which coach Forsbrey brings to the team.
McMaster University head coach Ramon Chan-A-Sue said the Western team is very strong with a lot of returning players, but every team has different strengths and in the end, it could come down to any team walking away with the gold.
"I think its going to be Western, [the University of] Toronto, Queen's [University] and Mac. There are your four playoff teams. There is a lot of parody in the league this year, its going to be close," Chan-A-Sue said.