Volume 95, Issue 44

Tuesday, November 20, 2001
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Multiple wins put Western on cloud nine

Splitting the squash

Western athletes in need of love

Splitting the squash

The Western men's squash team left for Cornell University on the weekend to try and extend their dominance in the Ontario University Athletics Conference across the border to the United States.

The team played four matches and split them right down the middle – winning two and dropping two.

Western's head coach Jack Fairs assessed his team's performance.

"We played excellent. We had a lot of matches that went to 3-2 throughout the tournament. Our match against Cornell could have gone either way – they played extremely strong as well. Overall, I'm very pleased with the way our team played," Fairs said.

The calibre of the competition was high. Fairs said even though teams like Princeton entered the tournament ranked third in the United States' NCAA, Western came in with a solid rating as well.

Western was slotted fifth in the tournament, but Fairs said he expects their ranking will drop to seventh after their 2-2 showing on the weekend.

The men's squash team has owned the OUA for nearly 20 years now and Fairs said his team is focused on maintaining that edge this weekend. "We've got a tournament in Brock coming up and we want to keep our unbeaten streak going if we're able to," Fairs said.

Western's focus is by no means just centred on the OUA. Fairs said they are intent on making an impression with the squash powers in the U.S..

"We're really looking forward to our match with Dennison in Detroit in January. It's going to be a must win for us because we need to win that match to stay in the top division in the U.S., so we can qualify for the championship tournament at Harvard," Fairs said.

–Ryan Dixon

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