The McMaster women’s squash team played the squash host on the weekend (Nov. 20) for the Western Mustangs in an exhibition tournament and walked away the winners, topping six of nine matches.
The McMaster rookies were in fine form winning each of their three matches in the sixth through ninth positions. Chantal Diniz and Jillian Wyman easily won their matches 3-0 while Mikaila Nederveen had to be pushed to five games before winning 11-2 in the final.
McMaster’s number five seed Melissa Song struggled against Western’s Alexa Lane, and Western picked up its first win, 3-1. Hard hitting and minimum errors were the secrets to Megan Raczkowski’s 3-0 win over Erin Grand in the number four spot. Katie Buck, Mac’s number three, lost 3-0 to Holly DeLavigne, who proved to be too much to handle with her aggressive play.
McMaster’s number two, rookie Shauna Wentzell, was defeated 3-0 by Western captain Giselle Delagado.
“Shauna played some very long rallies, but many times was on the wrong end of it,” said head coach Doug Hamilton. “Shauna shows some real potential for the coming seasons.”
The match of the tournament was the battle at the number one position. The first two games saw some very long rallies, provided by McMaster captain Kristina Taylor and Western’s Samantha Hennings. Taylor’s superb boasts, high crosscourts and limited errors gave McMaster a 2-0 advantage in the early goings.
In the following two games, Hennings dominated play with hard hitting and tied the score at 2-2. Taylor overcame the fatigue she demonstrated in the previous two sets to win the third 11-4 for a 3-2 victory.
The Ontario University Athletics’ women’s squash championship will take place March 18-20 at Queen’s University.
(With notes from Doug Hamilton.)