Winnipeg's David Snider is one win from repeating as Canadian men's badminton champion.
Snider, ranked No. 2, will take on top seed Andrew Dabeka of Ottawa in this morning's national final in Laval, Que.
Dabeka, 30, is 10 years older than Snider and one of the top players in the world. Coincidentally, the pair played an exhibition match at the Winnipeg Winter Club in September.
Snider advanced to the final with a pair of wins yesterday. He first beat Alberta's Martin Giuffre 21-6, 21-14 and then won an intense battle over the man he downed in last year's final, Ottawa's Stephan Wojcikiewicz, by scores of 23-21 and 21-19.
MMJHL all-stars named
The defending champion Pembina Valley Twisters and River East Royal Knights will have the most representatives at tonight's Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League all-star game at the Southdale Arena.
The skills competition begins at 7 p.m., and the puck drops at 8 p.m. Team South will feature six players from the defending champion Twisters, including Patrick Bruce, Jesse Pouteau, Brian Lodewyks, Jason Laudin, Derek Mohr and Tony Poirier.
River East also has six all-stars. Tyler Kamp, Roman Naumiuk, Jade Lowry, Scott Wagner, Matt Romanychyn and Tyler Hill will lead Team North.
The league uses its showcase event to also announce its first- and second-team all-stars. The first team features Remi Chartier and Jason Frykas of St. Boniface, Matt Levins and Darcy Favell of St. James, and Colin Hekle and Wade Loewen of Charleswood.
Wesmen, Bobcats lose
It was a rough evening for Manitoba university women's volleyball teams last night.
The Winnipeg Wesmen fell to 1-16 on the season when they dropped a 3-0 decision to the UBC Thunderbirds at Duckworth Centre.
It was just as bad down the road in the Wheat City, where the Brandon Bobcats got skunked 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-21) by the Trinity Western Spartans at BU Gym. The Bobcats (11-6) and Manitoba Bisons (11-7) have qualified for the Canada West playoffs.