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MAA Invitational 2016
Club Sportif, Montreal, Canada, $5k

02-Dec, Final:
Sachvie secures MAA title


Rare occasion in Montreal with two roomates and training partners in the final. The match was played with an extremely high level of sportsmanship with only a handful of calls.



Both players were coming into this last match without having dropped a game. Sachvie was flying in the first two games doing a lot of work but counter attacking very well.

McCue was in control of more than his share of rallies but ended up losing a few too many in crucial times. Sachvie was able to dig back from 6-8 in the first with 5 straight rallies.

Then up 2-0, he trailed again (4-8) in the 3rd and it looked like Mike was coming back. But Nick again got on a roll and reeled another 5 straight rallies. A lucky nick at 10-10 gave him his first matchball that he was able to convert.

​So a second title for Nick and a 4th final for Mike.


 

MAA Invitational 2016
Club Sportif, Montreal, Canada, $5k
Round One
29 Nov
Quarters
30 Nov
Semis
01 Dec
Final
02 Dec
[1] Chris Hanson (Usa)
11/3, 9/11, 12/10, 11/4
[wc] Pranav Sharma (Can)
[1] Chris Hanson

12/10, 11/1, 11/7 (34m)

[8] Nick Sachvie
[8] Nick Sachvie

11/9, 11/8, 11/4

[Q] Juan Vargas

2nd PSA title for Nick

[8] Nick Sachvie

 

11/8, 11/7, 12/10 (50m)

 

[2] Mike McCue

 

[8] Nick Sachvie (Can)
11/0, 11/3, 11/9 (23m)
Thomas King (Can)
[6] Vincent Droesbeke (Fra)
11/7, 11/3, 11/6 (26m)
[Q] Juan Vargas (Col)
[Q] Juan Vargas

13/11, 10/12, 11/3, 11/3

[4] Anders Herrera
[4] Anders Herrera (Col)
11/2, 11/8, 11/6
Kale Wilson (Tri)
[Q] Dairo Sandoval (Col)
14/12, 11/8, 11/5 (39m)
[3] Lewis Walters (Jam)
[3] Lewis Walters

11/9, 11/8, 8/11, 11/4 (40m)

[5] David Baillargeon
[3] Lewis Walters

11/6, 11/6, 11/9

[2] Mike McCue

[Q] Cameron Seth (Can)
14/12, 11/9, 11/4 (56m)
[5] David Baillargeon (Can)
Albert Shoihet (Can)
11/9, 10/12, 11/6, 11/8 (40m)
[7] Edgar Zayas (Mex)
[7] Edgar Zayas

12/10, 11/6, 11/9 (58m)

[2] Mike McCue
[Q] Fernando Magdelaeno (Mex)
11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (30m)
[2] Mike McCue (Can)
Qualifying, 27/28 Nov:

Finals:
Dairo Sandoval (Col) 3-0 Joshua Hollings (Can)                  12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (36m)
Juan Vargas (Col) 3-0 Jason Delierre (Can)                         11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (30m)
Fernando Magdelaeno (Mex) 3-1 David Cromwell (Can)  11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (41m)
Cameron Seth (Can) 3-0 Francisco Mendez (Mex)                11-1, 11-1, 11-4 (25m)

Round One:
Dairo Sandoval (Col) 3-0 Tommy Scott (Can)                       11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (28m)
Joshua Hollings (Can) 3-0 Cory McCartney (Can)                  11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (33m)
Jason Delierre (Can) 3-1 Tesse Jutte (Ned)                11-6, 11-1, 10-12, 11-2 (37m)
Juan Vargas (Col) 3-0 Eric Dingle (Can)                             11-4, 11-3, 13-11 (31m)
David Cromwell (Can) 3-0 Maxym Leclair (Can)           13-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5 (41m)
Fernando Magdelaeno (Mex) 3-0 Eric Belanger (Can)             11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (20m)
Francisco Mendez (Mex) 3-2 Brock Janzer (Can)  7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (64m)
Cameron Seth (Can) 3-0 Maxime Blouin (Can)                       11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (28m)
01-Dec, Semis:
All-Canadian final in Montreal

Runa Reta reports

Nick Sachvie (CAN) v Juan Camilo Vargas (COL)

In this first semi-final match up, the fiery qualifer, Colombian Juan Camilo Vargas, started off the stronger of the two players, taking an early 5-2 lead. But the 8th seeded player, Canadian Nick Sachvie clawed his way back into the match, levelling at 7-all and seeming to gain greater control at the business end of the game. Forcing a few key errors off of tight straight balls, Sachvie ended the first 11-9.

The second seemed to be a virtual replica of the first: Vargas started off strong, attacking with purpose and taking leads at 4-1 and 6-2. But again, his discipline started to wane and Sachvie capitalized. Gaining in strength and confidence, Nick levelled at 8-all and then came away with a monster rally that put him ahead 9-8... and it was clear that he would not look back. The Canadian`s nerve and discipline won him the second 11-8, while the Colombian`s inexperience was evident.

The third game started a bit scrappy with a number of errors from both players up until 4-all. But from that point forward, it was Sachvie full steam ahead, while Vargas - who is onto his 3rd tournament in a row, two of which he went all the way to the final - showed that this was probably a step too far for him physically. Sachvie won the game 11-4, while the new kid on tour Vargas can walk away with pride and confidence that he is heading in the right direction with his game.

Mike McCue (CAN) v Lewis Walters (JAM)


The second of the two semi-finals started at a faster pace, with both boys hitting through their shots and attacking with assurance. The in-form Canadian Mike McCue took an early 6-1 lead, showing nice versatility with the straight hold from the front and a clever three wall boast... a shot you rarely see played with effect. A few errrors in the middle part of the game shortened the Canadian`s lead, but he was able to regain his discipline in time to hold on and win the first 11-9.

Lewis came out the better of the two in the second, going up 2-0 - helped in part by his lovely backhand technique and volley drops. But unfortunately, a string of unforced errors from Walters in the middle of the game - trying to be a bit too cute with the ball - allowed McCue to catch up and take the lead 6-4. Walters was struggling with two shots from McCue - an effective forehand boast, and the straight volley hold which the Jamaican kept guessing cross-court. As a result, McCue won the second fairly comfortably 11-6.

Mike returned for the third with a Tiger Woods-like red Nike shirt... a sure sign that he wanted to take this match in three. But the Jamaican didn`t make it easy. The Canadian`s short touch game - the one area I feel he could make the most significant strides - was causing a bit of trouble as he made a number of errors in the first half of the third, and the two players were close right up until the end. It was rather scrappy in the business end of the game, with both interference and the error count increasing. A stroke call ended the match with McCue taking it 11-9.... and securing an all-Canadian final!
 

30-Nov, Quarters:
Vargas run continues in Montreal


Nick Sackvie and Juan Vargas produce upsets in the top half of the draw while second and third seeds Mike McCue and Lewis Walters win through in the bottom half.

Sachvie: Felt comfortable throuhout the match. Started with a big lead and was confident the whole time. I was able to attack and control the T most of the time.

Vargas: Happy because we are friends and one of us was going to make it through. Glad with the way I played, I was nervous at the beginning but was able to calm down and adapt to the playing conditions.

In the end, having a Colombian in the semis is good for squash in our country. One of my goals is to see squash grow in Colombia and this is a good result for us.

Walters: This is my second visit in Montreal and I really like the city and the club, people are just like in Jamaica, very welcoming.

Played pretty well, I was able to stick to my game plan which was to keep him on his backhand and play positive when i had opportunities. David is strong and fit and I didn't want the match to turn into a marathon. Looking forward to playing Michael tomorrow.

McCue: This was along 3-0, he got tougher at the end of each game. I tried my best not to get involved with the hysterics. Got a bit edgy in the end of the 3rd with bad errors but managed to reset when I got to match ball and let him beat himself.
29-Nov, Round One:
Vargas joins seven seeds in Montreal quarters

Yvon Provencal reports

Round One at the Club Sportif MAA saw wins for secven of the seeded players, while Colombian qualifier Juan Vargas continued his recent run of results in beating sixth seed Vincent Droesbeke.



[1] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-1 [WC] Pranav Sharma (CAN)

Excellent performance from our wildcard and montrealer Pranav. He played positive squash and hit his share of good shots to the front. Chris looked a bit rusty but managed to take a close 3rd and run away with the 4th. The match was played with good sportsmanship from both and Pranav gave his supporters many occasions to cheer him on.

[8] Nick Sachvie (CAN) 3-0 [Q] Thomas King (CAN)

This one was a quick affair, Nick has been playing some excellent squash lately and his match up with the first seed tomorrow will be an interesting one.

Juan Vargas (COL) 3-0 [6] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)

Juan has had the hot hand for the last few weeks and the new courts at the MAA are suiting his game very well. They are quite slow and take short balls well. He is one to watch out for for the rest of the event.

[5] David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-0  Cameron Seth (CAN)

This was the feature match of the night. Difficult situation for Cam as he faced the club's local star supported by the large crowd. Cheering David on, they were still repspectful of Cam's good play. Both players started nervously with many long rallies with few short shots. Dave and his well known fighting spirit, was able to squeeze the first two games. He came out more relaxed in the third and showed good ball control to close out the match.

[7] Edgar Zayas (MEX) 3-1 Albert Shoihet (CAN)

This one was a shootout, rallies were short and furious with many winners but also many errors. Edgar was able to cut his error count in the crucial parts of the games to set up what should be a different kind of match with Michael McCue.

[2] Michael McCue (CAN) 3-0 Fernando Magdaleno (MEX)​

After an odd warmup where Fernando kept hitting the ball to himself more than normal, Michael was able to impose his good all around play that has given him many wins in the last few weeks.
  

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