Volume 95, Issue 49

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
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Women find ways to win

Shocked in the wolves' den

Swimmers heat up the pools

Squash balls are bouncing in

Nimble sporty thumbs

Squash balls are bouncing in

Licking wounds is nothing new for opponents of Western's men's squash team, sent home battered, broken and beaten.

The same held true this past weekend in the Ontario University Athletics West sectional, as Western defeated Waterloo (6-0), Brock (5-1) and McMaster (5-1).

Coach Jack Fairs explained his not so stressful problem of having too much talent.

"We've got a very large team this year with a great deal of talent and depth. To be able play in the end of year OUAs, each player has to have played a certain number of matches, so we're trying to get in as many guys as possible," Fairs said.

Even with a different line-up than usual, he was thrilled with how the team performed.

"Everyone played extremely well on the weekend. We were definitely up against tougher competition than in the East sectional as Waterloo, Brock and McMaster all have very skilled teams," Fairs noted.

The two matches lost were at the number one seed by captain Sanjeef Chatta, but Fairs said it wasn't from a lack of effort.

"[Chatta] played exceptional squash and was close in all of his matches – we just didn't have some of our usual guys in their normal positions," he said. "Darrell Cole played excellent squash and Dax Latham continues to be a great surprise for us this season."

The men are now off until after the Christmas break when they travel to Ryerson on Jan. 12 and 13.

–Dave Martin

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