The University of Johannesburg squash team produced one of the best performances by a club from the varsity when they won the University Sport South Africa (USSA) title for the fifth time in a row last week.
After a tense semifinal against arch-rivals University of Pretoria, the defending champions strode to victory when they outclassed host varsity Stellenbosch 22-4 in the final.
UJ Squash Club manager Linly de Beer was delighted with their continued domination of the annual tournament.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved as we became the first club from UJ ever to win five USSA tournaments in a row,” said De Beer.
Their toughest challenge came in the play-off against Tuks, which he said was a “bruising encounter”.
“It was a hectic match and fairly tight in squash terms, but it set us up for a good win in the final.”
De Beer said they had worked hard for their success, with the players putting in many hours of training under the guidance of experienced coach Mike Bester.
“I think our success is down to a strong programme, which is not only about high performance, but also about developing all our players in the club.”
In addition to winning the overall title, UJ were the top men’s side, while the women came second.
In the individual competition in the first part of the week, UJ’s Kyle Maree won the men’s title, with team-mate Ruan Olivier taking the silver medal. Alexa Pienaar (UJ) was runner-up in the women’s tournament, while colleague Kacey-Leigh Dodd finished fourth.
Maree, Olivier and Pienaar received recognition when they were selected for the South African team to play in the World Student Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September.
Bester will coach the side and De Beer is the men’s team manager.