Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. – Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta. and Michèle Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que. ended their great junior racquetball years with wins on the final day of the 2015 Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec. Both won their respective singles and doubles divisions, defeating their doubles partners in the singles finals.
Iwaasa defeated Nicolas Bousquet of Montreal, 15-9, 15-8, to win the Boy’s Under 18 Singles title, and they teamed up to finish the round robin Boy’s Under 18 Doubles competition undefeated, beating Chandon Yu (Brampton, Ont.) and Matthew Swaine (Etobicoke, Ont.) on the final day, 15-4, 14-16, 11-5.
Morissette beat Danielle Drury of Saskatoon, 15-5, 16-14, in the Girls Under 18 Singles final, and they won the Girls Under 18 Doubles division by defeating Alexis Iwaasa (Lethbridge, Alta.) and McKenzie Brayley (Calgary), 15-2, 15-5, in the final.
Iwaasa becomes the first player to win four Boys Under 18 Singles titles passing Simon Roy, who won three such titles.
Trevor Webb of Cambridge, Ont. was also a double winner, defeating Graham Frattinger of Martensville, Sask., 15-12, 15-1, in the Boy’s Under 16 Singles final and winning the Boy’s Under 16 Doubles competition with partner Mark Nelson of Windsor, Ont.
Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta., Coby’s cousin, won Girls Under 14 Singles by defeating Annie Fisher of Burlington, Ont., 15-6, 15-5.
Ian Frattinger of Martensville, Sask. won the Boys Under 14 Singles title with a victory over Sean Sauve of L’assomption, Que., 15-9, 13-15, 11-2, in the final. Anthony Frechette (St-Colomban, Que.) and Nathan Jauvin (Terrebonne, Que.) won the Boys Under 14 Doubles competition.
Racquetball Canada’s next event is the 2015 Canadian National Championships in Burnaby, B.C. May 17-23. That will be the last chance for players, such as Iwaasa and Morissette, to earn points that will get them a spot on Team Canada for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this July.