The UCC Varsity Squash Team, 17 members strong, completed the season undefeated, culminating in a convincing win over Crescent School at the CISAA Championships by a score of 6-3. In the semi finals, arch rival, SAC, was blanked in a 9-0 dominating performance by UCC. It was not always so easy, however.
The season began with the usual “Early Bird” Tournament at SAC. There, despite some excellent play on UCC’s part, the team fell to Crescent School by a wide margin when all was said and done. Crescent was obviously the team to beat once again as they had been in the previous two CISAA finals. We had our work cut out for us.
Once the season began in earnest, UCC quickly found its game and began to roll up wins beginning with TCS and Ridley, SAC and Nichols, and SAC and Crescent (big win!). We then had two trips cancelled due to weather and bus troubles but were back once again defeating TCS and Crescent in Port Hope.
The Varsity team rested the following week when our JV team travelled to SAC to compete in the JV Championship. The team played well and came up with a bronze medal finish. Strong performances were provided by Reid Gledhill (undefeated) and Ben Alberga (7 of 9 possible points).
Based on our play during the season and wins over the next two teams, Crescent and SAC, UCC was seeded first in the CISAA finals and received a first round bye. Then came the strong performances against SAC and Crescent that resulted in UCC capturing its fourth straight CISAA Varsity Squash Championship.
The team was led by James Flynn, an outstanding player who joined brothers Neel and Nikhil Ismail and Griffin Manley in undefeated seasons. But as usual it was other players that scored important wins that were crucial to our victory. Early hard-fought wins by Teddy Littler and Tyler Lam actually gave the team the momentum needed to secure the Championship.
Throughout the season other players, Mitch Robinson, Grayson Wheeler, Jason Dale and Reid Gledhill added valuable wins in important matches.
It was a very rewarding season for every player on the team.