Saunders takes it on the chin

GLEN DAWKINS -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Winnipeg's Jennifer Saunders picked up a bronze in women's singles, part of a four-medal performance for Canada at the world racquetball championships yesterday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Christie Van Hees of Calgary picked up the gold in the women's singles while both Canadian men's and women's doubles teams earned bronze medals.

Van Hees, who downed Saunders at the Canadian Championships earlier this year, defeated Angela Grisar of Chile in the women's final, 15-5, 15-1 for her second world championship.

Grisar prevented an all-Canada final when she beat Saunders in the semifinals 15-9, 15-6.

Saunders was accidentally hit on the chin by Grisar at 10-6 in the second game and needed several minutes before she could continue.

After a rest day today, the focus shifts to the team competition which wraps up Friday.

COME UP SHORT: Winnipeg's Sarah Morrissette had a team-high 10 points in a losing cause as Canada's Junior Women's National Team lost 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 to Puerto Rico to finish fourth at the NORCECA junior women's continental volleyball championships in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday.

The tournament featured the top junior women's teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

With their victory, Puerto Rico qualified for the 2007 Junior Women's World Championships, joining the gold medallist United States and silver medallist Dominican Republic.

On Friday, Canada lost 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 to the United States in the semifinals.

Morrissette led the way with 11 points including nine kills while Monica Chernichan of Ile-des-Chenes and Winnipeg's Ashley Voth each had five kills. Voth added nine digs.

The Canadian team also included Samantha Loewen of East St. Paul.

SOCCER STARS: Last week, Sheri Hince and Amy Harrison were selected by the Canadian Soccer Association national coaching staff for the under-16 national team camp being held in Vaughn, Ont.

"I was hoping to get asked back to another U-15 National Camp this summer but when I found out I had gotten selected for the under-16's, I was really excited," said Harrison in a release from the Manitoba Soccer Association.

"I worked on my technique and fitness over the summer and I think it helped my performance. I hope I do well at this camp so that I can continue at this level."

The camp wraps up Thursday.

MEDAL HAUL: Manitoba Special Olympics athletes brought home 122 medals with 47 gold, 36 silver and 39 bronze from the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games last month in Brandon.

The haul was 11 more than Manitoba's performance at the 2002 Summer Games in Prince Albert, with 75% of the 92 athletes surpassing their personal bests.


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