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Mount Royal University Open 2016
25-28 Feb, Calgary, Canada, $5k
28-Feb, Final:
Schnell captures first PSA title in Calgary

Top seeded Canadian Andrew Schnell captured his first PSA title as he beat August Dussourd in the final at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

Semifinal and quarterfinal reports

Details to follow ..
Mount Royal University 2016
25-28 Feb, Calgary, Canada, $5k
Round One
25 Feb
26 Feb
27 Feb
28 Feb
[1] Andrew Schnell (Can)
[1] Andrew Schnell
11/1, 11/4, 11/5
[8] Micah Franklin
[1] Andrew Schnell

11/4, 11/7, 11/2

[3] Reuben Phillips

[1] Andrew Schnell

3/1 (39m)

[6] Auguste Dussourd

[8] Micah Franklin (Ber)
11/6, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5
Marlk Broekman (Eng)
[7] Diego Gobbi (Bra)
11/6, 11/5, 11/4
Stuart Hadden (Irl)
[7] Diego Gobbi
11/5, 11/6, 11/8
[3] Reuben Phillips
[3] Reuben Phillips (Eng)
[wc] Jake Hooker (Can)
11/5, 11/3, 11/4
[4] Jesus Camacho (Mex)
[4] Jesus Camacho
11/6, 1/11, 11/5, 11/6
Edgar Zayas
Edgar Zayas

14/12, 7/11, 11/7, 6/11, 11/3

[6] Auguste Dussourd

Edgar Zayas (Mex)
9/11, 11/5, 11/3, 15/13
[5] Charlie Johnson (Eng)
Alex Noakes (Eng)
11/3, 11/7, 11/7
[6] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
[6] Auguste Dussourd
11/7, 11/5, 11/9
[2] Shahjahan Khan
[2] Shahjahan Khan (Pak)


27-Feb, Semis:
Anthony Reimert reports

Auguste Dussourd 3-2 Edgar Zayas

The first game really set the stage for the match as it was an all out battle between two great young players. Battling back and forth until 10-10 it took Auguste extra points to put away Edgar in the first game. In the second game the battle continued as the players exchanged points until 4-4 before Edgar went on a run that saw him come back from being down 7-4 to winning the match 11-7.

In the third game Dussourd who was clearly frustrated at some of the referees calls was motivated to get that third game stormed on from 7-7 tie to win the game 11-7 in 14 minutes. In the fourth game Zayas continued to hang around in the match battling for each point and keeping it close until a breakthrough when the score was 6-6. At this point Edgar went on a run of 5 straight points to close out the fourth game 11-6 and force a fifth and deciding game.

In the fifth you could clearly see that something was bothering Edgar as his movement wasn’t nearly as quick. Auguste jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and despite trying to hang around in the match Edgar eventually lost 11-3 to the young French man.

Andrew Schnell 3-0  Reuben Phillips

Clearly in a league of his own in this tournament Andrew Schnell cruised into the final. The first game saw Andrew jump out to a 8-2 lead and it just seemed like he was a half a step quicker than the Englishman. Reuben continued to battle but Andrew ultimately prevailed in the first game 11-4.

The second game brought a bit more fight from Reuben with them exchanging points until 5-5 but from then on Andrew had control of most of the rallies and won the second game 11-7. The third game was not really even a contest, Andrew continued his dominant style of play moving Reuben from front to back.

The closest Reuben got was at 2-5 but from then on it was all Schnell as he used the crowd to his favor and went on to win the game and match 11-2.

26-Feb, Quarters:

Andrew Schnell 3-0 Micah Franklin

Despite the long rallies Andrew Schnell proved to be too much for Micah Franklin of Bermuda. After starting 1-1 in the first game Andrew went on to take 10 straight points to win the first game 11-1. The second game was much the same with Andrew jumping out to a 6-2 lead and then extending his lead to 10-3 before closing out the game at 11-4.

In the final game of the match Micah put up a valiant effort but the Canadian was just too much for the Bermudan winning the game 11-5.

Reuben Phillips 3-0 Diego Gobbi

In game one of this 3 game match Reuben jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the young Brazilian got on the board. They exchanged tremendous shots and it was a battle right until the final point but Reuben managed to win 11-5.

In the Second game Reuben carried forward the momentum from the first game and came out firing taking a 7-1 lead, before Diego started to put up a battle right up until the final points when the game ended 11-6. Knowing that it was his last chance Diego worked hard to earn a 4-1 lead in the fourth game; however Reuben stormed back with 4 straight unanswered points to take a 5-4 lead.

After Diego won the next two points Reuben came back with another 5 points giving him a 10-5 lead and lot of opportunity to close out the match which he did at 11-8.

Edgar Zayas 3-1 Jesus Camacho

Another upset as Edgar Zayas continued his excellent play in the quarterfinals beating Jesus Camacho in 4 games. The first game was owned by Edgar as he played his way to an 8-2 lead giving him plenty of opportunity to close out the match, despite the great effort from Jesus he was only able to hold off Edgar for a few more points until the game was closed out at 11-6.

The second game was a different story, the young 17 year old Jesus came out firing and never let off of the gas as he cruised to an 11-1 victory in the second game. Edgar clearly motivated to improve on game two and Jesus looking to continue his momentum exchanged points until 5-5 and then Edgar took over and won the game 11-5.

In the fourth and final game Edgar continued his dominant play from the second half of game 3 and opened up with a 6-1 lead before Jesus fought back but could only get to 6-10 before Edgar closed it out at 11-6.

Auguste Dussourd 3-0 Shahjahan Khan

The number 6 seed and the number 2 seed faced off early in the afternoon and it was a battle through the first game as Auguste and Shah exchanged points until Auguste finally broke out at 8-7 and finished off the match with some tremendous shots to win the first game 11-7.

Clearly motivated by winning the first game against the number 2 seed Auguste broke out to an early 7-4 lead and only allowed Shah to get one more point before closing out the match at 11-5. The final game was a battle as the two player exchanged points from until 7-7.

Auguste then took a late lead at 10-7 giving him a couple of match balls which he was able to close out on his last opportunity winning the match 11-9.

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