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Nathan Phillips, an 18-year-old Cornwall native, prepares to serve during a practice game of squash recently at the SPA Total Fitness Centre.
Cornwall's Nathan Phillips won two division trophies during the third annual club championship Saturday at the SPA Total Fitness Centre in Charlottetown.
The 18-year-old Phillips won a wide-open men's A division, going a perfect 4-0 in the five-man competition. His undefeated weekend kicked off on Friday by defeating B.J. Maclean 3-1 (11-1, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9) followed by a five-game win over Steve Bruce (11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10).
Saturday morning he got by Ken Sampson 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-3) and clinched his first ever men's A championship with a 3-0 (11-7, 15-13, 12-10) win over veteran Lester Jinks. Jinks finished second with Sampson third.
Phillips had little time to celebrate, as he was be back on court an hour later, facing Logan Anderson for the junior championship. Both competitors won the last two junior titles (Phillips in 2014 and Anderson in 2015). Phillips prevailed to win his second and final junior club title as this is his final year of junior eligibility.
Rhonda MacLean of Hunter River went a perfect 3-0 on the weekend in her round robin to claim the women's club championship. Kelly MacWilliams finished second and Jo Spencer 3rd.
Brian Ashby also went undefeated to claim the men's B title. Ashby had victories over Stephen Phillips, Logan Anderson and Andy Gallant to advance to the final.
He defeated Derek Gallant 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-6) in the title match. Andy Gallant defeated Jim MacDougall 3-2 (3-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-14, 11-6) for third place.
Olivia Phillips, an up-and-coming player, opted out of the women's division to challenge for the men's C division and the decision paid off. She entered the 14-player event ranked second and defeated Josh Corkum in the quarter-final, Mike Irwin in the semifinal and John MacAleer in the championship match.
The SPA Total Fitness Centre and Squash P.E.I. will now move its focus to hosting P.E.I. Open from March 11 to 13, the final tournament to be held in the province for the 2015-16 Maritime squash season. Registration is open until Monday, March 7. Potential athletes can sign up at www.squashpei.org.