OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in cooperation with Tennis Canada, announced Friday the six student-athletes and two staff members who will represent Canada in tennis at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).
All six competitors are newcomers to the biennial FISU Games and hail from universities across the NCAA. Carson Bell of Edmonton will serve as the team’s head coach and will also make his first Universiade appearance. Kamil Pajkowski of Vancouver joins the staff as team manager.
On the women’s side, Jena Cheng of Edmonton, Louise Kwong of Toronto and Evangeline Repic of Oakville, Ont., have all proven themselves at the Canadian under-18 Nationals in the past, with Repic leading the way in the doubles event.
Repic, who attends the University of Tennessee, was the 2012 junior national doubles champion in the age group categories. She has previously represented Canada internationally at the U14 world junior championships in the Czech Republic and Germany.
The men’s roster is composed of Alexander Day of Vancouver, Raheel Manji of Pickering, Ont., and Roman Trkulja of Toronto.
Day, a Princeton University student, was the 2012 Canadian junior singles champion, while Manji, from Indiana University, captured the 2013 U16 national singles and doubles championships. Trkulja, who attends Penn State, brings his own national titles in both singles and doubles events and has competed in Malaysia and the Philippines as well as throughout South America during his national team development.
The Gwangju tennis tournament is set to get underway on July 4 and will wrap up on July 12 with the singles and mixed doubles finals. The gold medal matches in women’s and men’s doubles are scheduled for July 11.
Canada has captured four tennis medals over the years at the world university games, including a pair of golds and two bronzes. Both first-place finishes came in 1983 in Edmonton, courtesy of Jill Hetherington and Karen Dewis in women’s doubles, as well as Hetherington and Bill Jenkins in mixed doubles.
Name University Hometown
Jena Cheng University of Utah Edmonton, Alta.
Louise Kwong University of Illinois Toronto, Ont.
Evangeline Repic University of Tennessee Oakville, Ont.
Name University Hometown
Alexander Day Princeton University Vancouver, B.C.
Raheel Manji Indiana University Pickering, Ont.
Roman Trkulja Penn State University Toronto, Ont.
Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Carson Bell Edmonton, Alta.
Team Manager Kamil Pajkowski Vancouver, B.C.
2015 UNIVERSIADE TENNIS SCHEDULE:
July 4: Opening day
July 11: Finals women’s & men’s doubles
July 12: Finals singles & mixed doubles
CANADIAN MEDALS IN TENNIS AT THE SUMMER UNIVERSIADE:
1983 (Edmonton): Jill Hetherington & Karen Dewis (women’s doubles)
1983 (Edmonton): Jill Hetherington & Bill Jenkins (mixed doubles)
1993 (Buffalo): Robert Janecek & Jamie Laschinger (men’s doubles)
1979 (Mexico City): Hélène Pelletier & Nick Mohtadi (mixed doubles)