The University of Johannesburg’s Alexa Pienaar and Blessing Muhwati kept their flag flying high when they won the individual titles in the University Sport South Africa squash tournament in Johannesburg last week.
They then combined to lead their side to a remarkable sixth straight title in the team event, defeating Pretoria University in a well-contested final.
To complete another successful week for UJ, their second team won the B section and four players – Pienaar, Muhwati, Kyle Maree and Kacey-Leigh Dodd – were included in the Ussa team at the tournament’s conclusion.
After being runner-up last year, Pienaar won the individual title for the first time, defeating Tuks rival Hannelise Human 3-0 in the final.
In the men’s section, Muhwati was defeated in the final but crowned Ussa champion because his opponent (Thoboki Mohohlo) is not studying in South Africa and therefore not eligible for the title.
It was also Muhwati’s first title, following in the footsteps of Maree, who won last year.
“The first team was unbeaten during the week and we had our toughest match in the final against Pretoria University, whom we defeated 19-8,” said UJ squash manager Reedwaan Asvat.
“The second team had a comfortable 21-7 win over North-West University in their final.”
The tournament was hosted by UJ at their Auckland Park campus and Asvat paid tribute to those who contributed to the smooth running of the week.
“We would like to thank the UJ sport staff, head of sport Nomsa Mahlangu and the student accommodation and residence staff for all their support in making it a success.
“In addition, the support services and security staff played a big role throughout.”