USA Takes Big Lead in Can-Am Saturday Play
Oct 25, 2008, by Rob Dinerman for SquashTalk.com , Independent
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With dominant performances throughout the day from their top-rated teams, the USA squad strode to a 16-10 advantage in today’s second round to take a 23-16 overall lead in the inaugural Can-Am Cup, a doubles competition between the two countries that features 26 teams from each side and is hosted in Boston by the University and Harvard Clubs. The third and last round takes place tomorrow, with 39 total points — as many as were contested during Friday and Saturday’s action combined — on the line, which of course carries the real potential of a comeback victory for Canada.
The first round was dubbed the “lightning round,” with “instant teams” resulting from the drawing out of a hat of right wall and left wall players in two major age categories (Open through 55 and 60 through 75), meaning that a 50-year-old left-waller might be matched, for example, with an Open right-waller. The 26 matches (14 of which landed in America’s column), each lasting only a single game, that were played according to this formula on Friday, were worth one-half point each, so the US led 7-6 at that stage.
With each country having two Open men’s and women’s teams, two 40’s men’s and women’s teams, and so on, going all the way to the Women’s 50’s and the Men’s 70’s (with two Mixed teams added as well), today’s (i.e. Saturday’s) play pitted the No. 1 team vs the opposing No. 2 team from each category, and all of this second round was worth one full point per match. The Americans, led by defending 2008 U. S. Nationals winners Trevor McGuinness and Whitten Morris, who won in five (17-18 15-13 17-16 9-15 15-8) over Canada’s No. 2 team (2008 Canadian Nationals winners Josh McDonald and Adrian Griffin), dominated with their No. 1’s, which compiled an intimidating 12-1 slate against their NO. 2 counterparts, the lone blot occurring in the Men’s 55’s, where Gordy Anderson and Mike Pierce were edged out, 15-13 in the fifth, by John Boynton and Tim Bovaird.
Tomorrow’s third and final round will match the No. 1’s directly against each other in each classification, ditto the No. 2’s, with each match counting 1.5 points, which means that, with 39.5 overall team points needed to clinch the team outcome, the US needs to win 11 of the 26 third-round matches to assure victory. Match-by-match results are available on canamsquash.com.
RESULTS – SATURDAY MATCHES:
|Div.||UNITED STATES||CANADA||MATCH SCORE||USA||CAN|
|M-Open||Whit Morris / Trevor McGuinness (#1)||vs.||Adrian Griffin / Josh McDonald (#2)||USA||(17-18), 13, 17-16, (9), 8||1.0|
|M-Open||Rob Whitehouse / Greg Park (#2)||vs.||Scott Dulmage / Chris Deratnay (#1)||CAN||11, 5, 8||1.0|
|W-Open||Dana Betts / Emily Lungstrum (#1)||vs.||Cairn Meek / Susan Douglas (#2)||USA||6,17-16,8||1.0|
|W-Open||Dawn Gray / Amy Milanek (#2)||vs.||Adriana DiMauro / Marci Sier (#1)||USA||(13),8,(15-18),13,6||1.0|
|M-40+||Eric Vlcek / Morris Clothier (#1)||vs.||Alan Grant / Brendan Clarke (#2)||USA||8,(11),11,6||1.0|
|M-40+||John McAtee / Tom Clayton (#2)||vs.||Taylor Fawcett / Paul Deratnay (#1)||CAN||(10),16-13,10,9||1.0|
|W-40+||Kat Van Blarcom / Lissen Tutrone (#1)||vs.||Michele Ramsey / Tammie Sangster (#2)||USA||8, 9, 9||1.0|
|W-40+||Margaret Rux / Joyce Davenport (#2)||vs.||Robbin Morrison / Leslie Freeman (#1)||USA||12,(11),11,12||1.0|
|M-45+||Ned Edwards / Rich Sheppard (#1)||vs.||Mike Costigan / Steve Belman (#2)||USA||4,13,17-16||1.0|
|M-45+||John Conway / Jamie Heldring (#2)||vs.||Fred Reid / Alan Hunt (#1)||CAN||18-16,7,11||1.0|
|W-45+||Molly Pierce / Jennifer Edson (#1)||vs.||Anne Brayley / Jane Mitchell (#2)||USA||8,9,8||1.0|
|W-45+||Lizz Everts / Sue Greene (#2)||vs.||Lindsay Hermer-Bell / Cathy Covernton (#1)||USA||13,11,9||1.0|
|M-50+||Andy Nehrbas / Doug Rice (#1)||vs.||Norm Crook / Dave Van Wely (#2)||USA||12,4,10||1.0|
|M-50+||Sandy Tierney / Mike McGorry (#2)||vs.||Pat Richardson / Jay Gillespie (#1)||CAN||17-16,(9),12,13||1.0|
|W-50+||Sara Luther / Jodi Law (#1)||vs.||Anne Smith / Sandra Shaw (#2)||USA||(12), 16-14, 6, 3||1.0|
|W-50+||Mary Ann Crowe / Wendy Nolan (#2)||vs.||Sue Kafka / Lolly Gillen (#1)||CAN||10,11,11||1.0|
|M-55+||Mike Pierce / Gordon Anderson (#1)||vs.||John Boynton / Tim Bovaird (#2)||CAN||(11),8,16-14,(9),13||1.0|
|M-55+||Jim Gibbons / Jim Marver (#2)||vs.||Vic Harding / Sean McDonough (#1)||CAN||10,5,5||1.0|
|M-60+||Scott Ryan / Sandy Martin (#1)||vs.||Jim Bruce / Chris Wheeler (#2)||USA||6, (12), 11, (11), 9||1.0|
|M-60+||John Brazilian / Maurice Heckscher (#2)||vs.||Mike Downer / Molson Robertson (#1)||CAN||11, 10, 13||1.0|
|M-65+||Tom Poor / Lenny Bernheimer (#1)||vs.||Mike Wilson / John Osburn (#2)||USA||(9),(7),2,9,7||1.0|
|M-65+||Bart McGuire / Dave O’Loughlin (#2)||vs.||Peter Hatcher / Peter Hall (#1)||CAN||7,6,8||1.0|
|M-70+||Barry Abelson / Fred Bracher (#1)||vs.||Peter Holland / Ron Bertram (#2)||USA||9, 6, 13||1.0|
|M-70+||Don Mills / Hank Shaw (#2)||vs.||Ed Bracht / Norm Lee (#1)||USA||7,13,11||1.0|
|Mixed||Doug Lifford / Demer Holleran (#1)||vs.||Susan Dale / John Hickey (#2)||USA||7,5,11||1.0|
|Mixed||Chris Spahr / Jeannie Blasberg (#2)||vs.||Jamie Bentley / Caro Sambrook (#1)||CAN||5,(11),9,(10),10||1.0|
|Subtotal Round 2:||16||10|
|ROUND 2 TOTAL:||23||16|
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