Revelstoke Junior squash players rally against best in the northwest in Victoria

Four Revelstoke junior squash players compete at Pacific Northwest Open in Victoria; Sophie Dorrius leads way with fourth place finish.

Aiden McCabe competes in the U13 draw at the Pacific Northwest Squash Open in Victoria last weekend.

The Dorrius’ sisters Julia and Sophie posted impressive results at the Pacific Northwest Junior Squash Championships in Victoria last weekend.

Hosted by the Cedar Hill Squash Club, the tournament featured over 250 youth from throughout western Canada and the U.S. competing, including four from Revelstoke.

“It was by far the most stacked tournament we have ever gone to,” said coach Kevin Dorrius in an e-mail.

“All four of our club’s players who attended gained some really valuable experience playing players of this caliber.”

On the girls side, Julia and Sophie both had strong showings in their age brackets and showed they belong in the top in B.C. Sophie made the U13 semi-finals after beating the #4 ranked player in the province in straight sets. She lost to the eventual tournament winner in the semis and then dropped the 3/4 final to finish fourth in what Dorrius called a “stacked” draw.

Julia lost her opening match in the U15 girls draw to the eventual runner-up. She then won three of her next four matches, with the wins coming in straight sets and the loss coming in extra points in the fifth and final set.

Conner (U17) and Aiden (13) McCabe ended the tournament winless, but played well against top competition, said Kevin Dorrius.

“Aiden competed in what was arguably the toughest draw in the tournament (U13 Boys) and fought through and competed really hard,” Dorrius wrote. “Conner (U17 boys) showed how much his game has improved by pushing his opponents in all his matches.

“Both showed that they can rally and compete at this level,” he added.

“As coach, I am thrilled with how all four kids played,” he added. “They all made great advances in their games.”

The club’s next tournament is the BC Junior Championships at the Evergreen Squash Club in North Vancouver from March 4–6. Ten to 12 locals are expected to attend.

Read more about Revelstoke’s junior squash team here:

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