Saunders back on top at national racquetball team selection event

Thompson Sports Wall of Fame member Jennifer Saunders ended up in top spot among the nine female competitors at the Racquetball Canada national team selection event in Kitchener, Ont. Feb. 4.

Saunders, a multiple winner of single and doubles national racquetball championships, was seeded first and defeated sixth-ranked Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta 15-7, 13-15, 11-7 to take top spot. Saunders was second at the season's first national team selection event in Vernon, B.C. in November, falling 6-15, 4-15 to Frédérique Lambert in the final.

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Saunders, who now lives in Winnipeg, opened the latest tournament with a 15-7, 15-5 victory over ninth-seeded Juliette Parent of St-Jacques De Montcalm, Quebec and then beat fourth-seeded Michele Morrissette of Baie-Comeau, Quebec 15-12, 15-0 in the semifinals.

Results from the two national team selection events will be used to help determine who will represent Canada at the world championships this summer. The Pan Am Championships team members are due to be announced this week.

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