Saunders wins national racquetball team selection event in Calgary

Former Thompsonite Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg was the winner of the women's division at Racquetball Canada's national team selection event Feb. 3-5 in Calgary.

Saunders, the defending women's national champion and holder of more women's national championships in singles and doubles than any other Canadian woman, defeated Regina's Christine Richardson 15-7, 15-8 in the final to win the event. She was also the winner of the season's first national team selection event in November.

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Saunders opened the tournament with a 15-10, 15-4 win over Danielle Drury of Saskatoon and then defeated Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alberta 15-13, 15-13 to qualify for the final.

The national team selection event featured 24 of Canada's best racquetball players and the results will be combined with those from the November event to help determine who will represent Canada at the 2017 Pan-Am Championship in Costa Rica in April. Results also determine Sport Canada Athlete assistance Program nominations and positions on national teams.

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