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Alex Murray winds up to return the ball during her under-16 girls championship match against Natalie Houle in the provincial junior racquetball championships at the Sportsplex on Saturday. Murray defeated Houle in two sets, 15-1 and 15-0.
Four of Brandon’s racquetball players earned their spots at the junior national championship through the provincial event that was held on Saturday at the Sportsplex.
Brandon’s Alex Murray, who’s the 36th-ranked women’s player in Canada, will represent the province in the under-16 girls’ category after defeating Winnipeg’s Natalie Houle 15-0, 15-1 in their final. Milana Paddock, who’s also from Brandon, will be in the U18 girls’ event. She was the only competitor in her division.
Meanwhile, Nick Edmunds of Brandon lost the U14 boys’ final 15-7, 15-9 to Winnipeg’s Remi Fournier, but his second-place finish earned him a spot on the provincial team. Tyler Jones of Brandon finished fourth after dropping the bronze-medal match 15-8, 15-1 to Winnipeg’s Avery Mulvihill. Michael Cristal of Brandon placed fifth.
Reid Sorotsky of Brandon also made the provincial team after falling 15-0, 15-0 to Winnipeg’s Cullen Mulvihill in the U12 boys’ final.
The national junior racquetball championships will be held from April 21-26 in Grande Prairie, Alta.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 17, 2014