UBCO squash club makes opponents work

New club takes part in BC championships

Members of the UBCO women's squash team which picked up the consolation final at the university squash championships in February.

The 2011 BC University Squash Championships were held at the university of Victoria in February and the UBCO Student Squash Club sent a healthy body of players to compete for provincial bragging rights.

Nine players competed in draws ranging from novice to open-level play.

Brody Vejprava one of the Okanagan’s and UBCO’s top players, played the seventh ranked men’s open player in the open final match. The best of five match ended in favour of the local top-seeded Morgan Latremouille but Vejprava made his opponent earn every point in the  loss with scores of 15-12, 11-15, 14-15 and 10-15.

Vejprava is captain for one of the top teams in the elite BC Honda Okanagan Squash (interclub) League.

In the Women’s division UBCO picked up the consolation final and in men’s C division, UBCO placed second, losing only in the final.

The high calibre play was exciting to watch but the high calibre fun was the theme for the weekend, and everyone got their fair share. The tournament was facilitated by Squash B.C. whose aim in part is to promote squash development for novices and juniors including a post-secondary squash program.

Greg Bunyan, VP of player development praised the efforts of the UVic organising group to host a great tournament.

“The UVic group did such a terrific job to make it inclusive, fun and competitive for novice players,” said Bunyan. “Squash B.C. is focused on promoting a lifelong love of the sport from a grassroots level that will serve our players as competitors and as recreational players. Getting students interested in the sport and playing regularly is a big part of that focus.”

The UBCO Student Squash Club plays out of the Global Fitness courts in Kelowna. New players are welcome to the Thursday night UBCO Student Squash night at Global where fun games, coaching, tips and general good times can be had.

Contact UBCOsquashclub@gmail.com for more information.

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