Pandas advance to Canadian final, Bears out in semis

Pandas to face Montreal in Canadian University Final for second-straight year

By Connor Hood on August 11, 2018

The Alberta Pandas tennis team will have a shot at winning back-to-back Canadian University titles on Sunday, after defeating the Western Mustangs 5-2 in the national semifinal. 

Alberta will face Montreal in the national final for the second-straight season, beating the Caribins 4-3 one year ago in Montreal. 

On the men's side, the Golden Bears lost in the national semifinal for the second consecutive season, losing to Montreal 5-2 in Toronto. 



Entering the University championships the Pandas were undefeated during their varsity season, and had yet to lose a doubles tie in eight matches. Their strength in doubles shone through again in their match against Western, winning two of the three matches to claim the doubles point. 

No. 1 singles starter Kristina Sanjevic added to the Pandas lead with a 6-4, 6-3 over Helen He, before Alina Jurca gave Alberta a 3-1 overall lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Melissa Lee. Needing just one win over the final three singles matches, both Maki Oba and Riyo Tomita to give Alberta the 5-2 win. 

Montreal defeated UNB 7-0 on Friday to reach the national final for the second-straight season. 

The Golden Bears, meanwhile, will aim for a second straight national bronze medal tomorrow as they take on the UNB Varsity Reds. After cruising in the doubles tie, winning all three matches, the Bears seemed to be in control of their semifinal against Montreal. However, the Carabins turned the match around in the singles portion, winning five of six. 

Toronto knocked off UNB 6-0 in the other men's semifinal on Saturday. 

The Pandas and Caribins will begin the national final tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. EST. To follow along, check in with the Pandas twitter account for live scores from Montreal.