Saunders and Drury runners-up for national doubles racquetball title

Former Thompsonite Jennifer Saunders fell one win short of her 13th national women’s doubles racquetball championship for the second year in a row May 23 as she and partner Danielle Drury of Saskatoon lost 15-17, 13-17 to Michéle Morissette of Baie Comeau, Quebec and Christine Richardson of Winnipeg.

Both teams in the finals had been undefeated in the round robin. Saunders and Drury opened the tournament with a 15-1, 14-16, 11-3 win over Muriel Bouvin of Quebec city and Julie Dechene of Ottawa, then followed up with a 15-4, 15-3 win over Valerie Fallu of Candiac, Que. and Cassie Prentice of Macrorie, Sask. The eventual silver medallists qualified for the final by beating Erin Geeraert of Calgary and Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta 15-8, 15-17, 11-7.

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Singles competition at the national championships continues until May 27. Saunders is the defending women’s singles national champion and is seeking her 10th national women’s singles championship.

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