Mac takes men’s silver at OUA squash championships


The Western Mustangs added another two banners to their incredible legacy in squash, winning the men’s and women’s titles at the Ontario University Athletics Squash Championships, presented by The Jesters Club, on Saturday (Feb. 14).

For the Mustangs’ men, it is a record 26th consecutive OUA title, a streak which began in 1983-84. It is also the 36th Harald Martin Trophy in school history. The Mustangs had little trouble deposing of the Queen’s Gaels and silver medalist McMaster Marauders, sweeping both opponents by 6-0 scores.

Western was led by OUA First Team All-Stars Chris Hanebury (Ajax) and Ryan Herden (Vancouver). No. 1 seed Hanebury defeated Alex Ford (London) of Queen’s 3-0 (9-0, 9-6, 9-1) in the semi-final, and McMaster’s Ahmed Shohayeb of Hamilton (9-7, 9-3, 7-9, 9-5) in the OUA final. Herden, the OUA Men’s Rookie of the Year, was also dominant from the No. 3 position, defeating Nicholas Burnett (Victoria, B.C.) of Queen’s 3-1 (9-2, 8-10, 9-3, 9-3) in the semi-final, and Michael Fong (Barrie) of McMaster 3-0 (9-0, 9-5, 9-2) in the final.

Other Mustangs earning two victories on Saturday were Strachan Jarvis (Toronto), Kimesh Chetty (Hamilton), Iain Crozier (Winnipeg) and Kristian Jeffrey (Georgetown, Guyana).

In the OUA bronze medal game, the McGill Redmen split their meeting with the Gaels 3-3, but claimed third place following OUA tiebreakers. Three matches went the full five-sets.

The Western Mustangs women’s team reclaimed the OUA title after a one-year absence, defeating the favourite Toronto Varsity Blues 5-1 for the championship. The Varsity Blues had a five-game win streak heading into the final.

The Mustangs were led by OUA Women’s Player of the Year Stephanie Edmison (Toronto), who won two matches, including a 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0) clean sweep of fellow OUA First Team All-Star Karlene Headley-Cooper (Mississauga) of the Varsity Blues. Another First Team All-Star Heather Lamb (Calgary) was also triumphant in the final, defeating Toronto counterpart Megan Northey (Victoria, B.C.) 3-0 (9-2, 9-0, 9-1).

Daniah Shamim (Oshawa) was the only Varsity Blue to earn a win against Western, defeating Kathleen Horman (Toronto) 3-0 (10-8, 9-6, 9-1). Horman was the OUA Women’s Rookie of the Year.

Western wins the women’s Squash Plaque for the third time in four seasons and the 10th time overall. The plaque was first donated in 1979 by York University in memory of Lillian D’Urzo.

McGill also claimed bronze in the women’s side, defeating the McMaster Marauders. No. 1 seed Carly Hong (Toronto) defeated McMaster’s Kristina Taylor (Ile Perrot, Que.) 3-1 (1-9, 9-5, 10-8, 9-5) in a thrilling match. Western swept McGill 6-0 en route to the championship final.

The OUA Squash Championships and First Team All-Stars are presented by The Jesters Club.

2008-09 OUA MEN’S SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

(London Squash Club, hosted by The University of Western Ontario, Sat., Feb. 14):

Semi-Finals

McMaster 4, McGill 2

Ahmed Shohayeb over Aadam Tejpar 3-0 (9-1, 9-3, 9-1)
Hassan Muhammad lost to Husein Rahemtulla 3-1 (9-5, 9-7, 3-9, 9-5)
Michael Fong lost to Nick James 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-5)
Jarrod Smith won over Charles Depman 3-0 (9-0, 10-8, 9-2)
Colin Chisholm won over Adam Hodge 3-1 (0-9, 10-8, 9-0, 9-7)
David Rossouw won over Dave Sanders 3-1 (9-1, 3-9, 9-2, 9-5)

Western 6, Queen’s 0

Chris Hanebury won over Alex Ford 3-0 (9-0, 9-6, 9-1)
Strachan Jarvis won over Paul Gartenburg 3-0 (9-5, 10-9, 9-4)
Ryan Herden won over Nicholas Burnett 3-1 (9-2, 8-10, 9-3, 9-3)
Kimesh Chetty won over Amr Hamour 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
Iain Crozier won over Jeremy Setterfield 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
Kristian Jeffrey won over Andrew Brennan 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)

Bronze Medal

McGill 3, Queen’s 3*

Aadam Tejpar won over Alex Ford 3-1 (2-9, 9-6, 9-1, 9-3)
Husein Rahemtulla won over Paul Gartenburg 3-1 (7-9, 9-1, 9-1, 9-7)
Nick James lost to Nicholas Burnett 3-2 (9-1, 9-4, 4-9, 4-9, 9-4)
Charles Depman lost to Amr Hamour 3-1 (0-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-3)
Adam Hodge won over Jeremy Setterfield 3-2 (7-9, 6-9, 9-2, 9-1, 9-4)
Dave Sanders lost to Andrew Brennan 3-2 (2-9, 1-9, 9-2, 9-3, 9-3)

* – McGill wins bronze following OUA tiebreaking procedure

OUA Final

Western 6, McMaster 0

Chris Hanebury won over Ahmed Shohayeb 3-1 (9-7, 9-3, 7-9, 9-5)
Strachan Jarvis won over Hassan Muhammad 3-1 (7-9, 10-8, 9-1, 9-2)
Ryan Herden won over Michael Fong 3-0 (9-0, 9-5, 9-2)
Kimesh Chetty won over Jarrod Smith 3-0 (9-1, 9-0, 9-1)
Iain Crozier won over Colin Chisholm 3-0 (9-2, 9-0, 9-1)
Kristian Jeffrey won over David Rossouw 3-0 (9-0, 9-3, 9-2)

2008-09 OUA WOMEN’S SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

(Fanshawe College, hosted by The University of Western Ontario)

Sat., Feb. 14:

Semi-Finals

Western 6, McGill 0

Stephanie Edmison won over Carly Hong 3-0 (9-1, 9-1, 9-3)
Heather Lamb won over Elizabeth France 3-0 (9-3, 9-0, 9-2)
Rachael Forgeron won over Nora Hutchinson 3-1 (10-9, 9-3, 2-9, 9-0)
Laura Savage won over Annabel Tory 3-0 (9-2, 9-1, 9-0)
Kathleen Horman won over Tanya Starret-Visser 3-0 (9-2, 9-6, 9-3)
Giselle Delgado won over Christiane Farah 3-0 (9-2, 9-3, 9-5)

Toronto 5, McMaster 0

Meaghan Northly won over Sunayna Gupta 3-1 (9-3, 0-9, 9-2, 9-7)
Edith Chow won over Cathrine Raffoul 3-0 (9-1, 9-0, 9-0)
Camillia Marmoush won over Tara Kajaks 3-0 (9-2, 9-1, 9-0)
Soojin Yi won over Shannon Galea 3-0 (9-3,9-1,9-2)
Rebeca Tristan Aldave won over Ali MacGregor (9-0, 9-3, 9-0)

Bronze Medal

McGill 6, McMaster 0

Carly Hong won over Kristina Taylor 3-1 (1-9, 9-5, 10-8, 9-5)
Elizabeth France won over Sunayna Gupta 3-1 (9-1, 9-1, 9-10, 9-0)
Nora Hutchinson won over 3-0 Catherine Raffoul (9-1,9-1,9-0)
Annabel Tory won over Tara Kajaks 3-0 (9-0, 9-2, 9-0)
Tanya Starret-Visser won over Shannon Gaela 3-0 (9-2, 9-2, 9-2)
Christiane Farah won over Ali McGregor 3-0 (9-5, 9-6, 9-5)

OUA Final

Western 5, Toronto 1

Stephanie Edmison won over Karlene Headley-Cooper 3-0 (9-0, 9-0, 9-0)
Heather Lamb won over Meaghan Northly 3-0 (9-2, 9-0, 9-1)
Rachael Forgeron won over Edith Chow 3-2 (9-4, 9-6, 5-9, 4-9, 9-4)
Laura Savage won over Camillia Marmoush 3-0 (10-8, 9-0, 9-0)
Kathleen Horman lost Daniah Shamim 3-0 (10-8, 9-6, 9-1)
Giselle Delgado won over Ruchi Chawla 3-1 (0-9, 9-3, 9-0, 9-2)