Howells inspires university’s squash side to best Bucs finish in seven years

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Susie Howells’ unbeaten campaign has helped Swansea University finish in their highest league position in seven years.

Swansea finished second with six wins from their seven games but modest Howells played down her achievement.

“I’m very happy with the fact I won every game,” she said. “Lici [Venables] came in at number two which I was last year.

“Playing at number three has been a lot easier for me.”

Squash opponents are decided by your rank in the team i.e. number one plays number one.

Howells went unbeaten in her seven games including a win against league champions Exeter 1sts.

Her last match of the season was against Bath’s Corinna Litscher.

The game started tense with Howells taking the opening game 12-10.

Howells’ powerful strikes forced Litscher to chase the ball, she could not cope and lost the second game 11-7.

Howells sealed the victory in straight games, winning the third 11-2.

Teammate, Cassie Mason, faced Bath 2nds’ Chelsea Bruce-Lockhart.

Mason struggled to utilise her big serve and lost the match in straight games (11-7, 11-4, 11-4).

Captain Ceris Challenger faced off against Kirsty Stone-Wigg.

Aggressive play forced Stone-Wigg onto the defensive throughout.

Complacency crept into Challenger’s game in the third, but she recovered well to take the victory with a strong close range strike (11-6, 11-5, 11-8).

The final game saw Lici Venables, take on Amy Lake.

Venables took the opening two games and was on the verge of the third before Lake hit an incredible backhand on match point to save the match.

Lake could not sustain it though and the match went to Venables (11-5, 11-6, 11-8).

Swansea University 1sts 3-1 Universtiy of Bath 2nds 

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