Redeemer badminton star primed to reach podium in 2015

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Badminton Regional Championships are less than three weeks away and it looks like Redeemer’s Owen Kurvits is in fine form to defend his 2014 men’s singles provincial championship.

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

(Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

This past Saturday (Jan. 17), Kurvits captured his second men’s singles title in as many weeks as he outlasted the competition at the St. Clair College Invitational Tournament. The previous week, Kurvits reached the top of the podium at the Centennial College Invitational.

Redeemer will be hoping for another podium finish for the Royals badminton program in 2015 but standing in Kurvits way will be Ontario’s top college badminton players. This season, Kurvits has made four consecutive men’s singles finals. At Humber’s invitational, he lost to the host’s Adam Dong for a second place finish. Dong also got the better of Kurvits in the finals of the following tournament at Fanshawe College.

At Centennial, Kurvits faced Humber’s Ryan Chow in the semi’s in a rematch of last year’s OCAA gold medal match and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association bronze medal match. Humber’s Dong did not compete in men’s singles this past weekend. Kurvits came out on top in the semi-final and continued on to defeat Seneca’s Milan Kkharel in the final for his first championship title of the season.

On Saturday, Kurvits made his way back to the finals in the St. Clair College Open and defeated Sean Irving (Cedar Springs/Georgian College) in the final. Irving and Kurvits went the distance 9-21, 22-20, 21-19.

Overall, Redeemer’s Badminton program had a win-loss record of 23-16. Kurvits went 8-2 over the two days in men’s singles and men’s doubles. Julie Koopmans finished the weekend with a 6-2 record, winning the women’s singles consolation event and also winning the ladies doubles ‘C’ event with Robyn Bennett. Bennett went 3-1, playing just ladies doubles.

Redeemer’s head coach, Benno Kurvits, commented on the weekend saying, “We had another good tournament. Everyone played hard and supported each other when they were not playing. We have a few specific details that we will continue to work on in practice.

“It is now time for a brief rest and focus on the three weeks of preparation for our regional championships. We have a good idea now of what the competition will be and now our focus needs to shift to qualifying for the provincial championships”.

The 2015 OCAA West Regional Championships are being hosted by Humber College Feb. 6-7.

The gold, silver, and bronze medalists from each discipline coming out of the West and East regionals, will meet in the OCAA provincial championships Feb. 20-21 at Fanshawe College in London.

St. Clair Open Results

WS – Julie Koopmans (3-1), Tanya Couperus (1-1)
MS – Owen Kurvits (5-0), Jeremy Stevens (1-1), Kaleb Antonides (1-1), Andrew Patterson – Leclerc (1-2)

WD – Julie Koopmans/Robyn Bennett (3-1), Carla Hogan/Rachel Buys (2-2), Tanya Couperus/Dana Bennett (2-3)
MD – Jeremy Stevens/Owen Kurvits (3-2), Andrew Patteson-Leclerc/Kaleb Antonides (1-2)

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