University of Leicester Squash Club claim victory is Roehampton Cup!

Posted by nats2 at Feb 22, 2017 09:30 AM |

The Roehampton University’s Squash Cup is in its 8th year now, and despite it's largely London based roster of University squash teams the University of Leicester have regularly featured since 2012. This unique tournament, based at London’s prestigious Roehampton Club, sees 16 teams of 5 players made up of undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and sometimes alumni compete in time restricted high intensity squash matches over the first weekend in February.

Given the growth in numbers and strength of the University of Leicester’s Squash Club in recent years they have been able to enter 2 teams into the competition in 2016 and 2017, finishing 2nd and 8th in 2016. After a great year of results back in Leicestershire, winning division 2 of the Leicestershire league, BUCS division 2a and maintaining their unbeaten run of varsity matches, this year they returned confident and hungry to be crowned champions.Squash Scholar Andes

Undeterred by the early Saturday start, the 1st team took to dismantling the other 3 teams in their group and came out of the day with full points. The 2nd team struggled to find their feet against some very strong sides from Bristol and Kings College London and failed to qualify for Sunday quarter final places. The 1st’s as the only team to achieve full points on Saturday were in a great position going into Sunday. The tournament's exhibition match featured Leicester's own former world ranked number 2 player Peter Marshall which Leicester took as a good omen.

After a good night’s rest the 1st team relentlessly marched through their quarter and semi-finals still yet to drop a single game. Having not made the quarters the 2nd team got some extra rest before their play offs for the 12-16 positions. With a lot of hard work done on the Saturday and a few injury concerns they failed to win their remaining matches. However, instead of getting a head start on their long drive home they committed themselves to supporting the 1st team and helping them prepare for their final showdown against Bristol.

The final was particularly close fought. With the time restrictions removed Andes, George and Leanne took to the courts first and the tension was palpable. All 3 took early leads with Andes and George going on to win 2-0 but Leanne losing out 2-1. This gave the advantage to Leicester as Yoshi and Alex took to the courts and again both matches were tightly contested. As the matches drew on the players fatigued under the relentless pressure of the high tempo squash, the Bristol 3 capitulated and Yoshi took full advantage to win his match and secure the overall win for Leicester. With the last match tied up at 1 game all but the overall result set, a one point winner takes all was agreed and the Bristol no.2 won it to finish the overall match 3-2 to Leicester.

The team would like to acknowledge and thank their coach, mentor and friend Simon Taylor who since taking over the clubs squash coaching reigns back in 2010 has guided them from strength to strength to get to where they are now. His unending enthusiasm for squash, great coaching and unrelenting belief in his players, is undoubtedly the root of the team and individual successes seen from Leicester’s squash team.

Squash Club - Roehampton tournament

1st Team
Andes Ling Tu Yo (Squash sports scholar)
Alex Cumming
Ruoshan (Yoshi) Yao
George Lovatt (Club Captain)
Leanne Herbert (Squash sports scholar)

2nd Team
Tom Beckford (Club Vice-Captain)
Seb Di Marco
Josh Holden (Men's Captain)
Laura Burr
Stephanie Gregoriadou

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