By: Dale DeSouza
Don Lee is getting tired.
Ryerson’s only athlete doing double duty as player and coach, managed to win just one squash match in the OUA’s final regular season tournament held at Ryerson last weekend. If Lee doesn’t improve his play for the OUA finals in less than two weeks, he will lose his final chance to be Canadian national champion.
The tournament featured a battle between East Divisional teams, Queen’s, McGIll, U of T and Ryerson, and their West rivals, McMaster, Western, Waterloo and Brock.
Lee, Ryerson’s squash guru, will head into the OUA Individual Championships seeded fifth in Ontario, despite winning only one match at the home tournament.
“He’s a really fast player and I had to play his game in order to wear him down,” said Lee’s Waterloo opponent, who captured the third place seed with his win over Lee.
Perhaps the most memorable moment for Ryerson came with Lee’s match against Chad Gomesh from Brock. Down 2-1 and facing match point, Lee served five winning points before losing the match.
While Lee did not play up to his usual standards, other players on the team picked up the slack.
“We’re not getting blown out 3-0 like we were at the beginning of the year,” said Jason Edwards, who beat his McMaster opponent 3-1 before losing 3-2 in a close match against Brock.
Unfortunately for Edwards the regular season is over. Lee and Anthony Solomon will be the only players representing Ryerson in the OUA Individual Championships on Jan. 31 at Western.