Pandas fall to Montreal in national final

Pandas fall behind early, drop 4-3 decision to Montreal in Canadian Final

By Connor Hood on August 13, 2018

The University of Alberta Pandas tennis team couldn't overcome an early deficit to the Montreal Carabins, eventually dropping the Canadian University Tennis Final 4-3.

The loss snaps the Pandas extended winning streak, which began with a win in the bronze medal match at the 2016 national championship. During their streak, the Pandas captured back-to-back Western Canadian titles, and the 2017 Canadian University title. 


The Pandas fell behind early in a rematch of the 2017 final, as Montreal raced out to a 3-0 lead with wins in the doubles section and the first two singles matches. The Pandas were able to close the gap to 3-2 with wins by both Kristina Sanjevic (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Maki Oba (6-1, 6-1). However, Montreal earned a No. 6 singles win, as Sophie Dagenais knocked off Riyo Tomita 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the title for Montreal. 

Fourth-year Panda RJ Gan earned the Pandas third point, claiming the No. 2 singles match with a 6-2, 7-5 win. 

The Western Mustangs earned the women's bronze medal with a 7-0 win over UNB, while the Montreal men earned gold with a 5-1 win over Toronto.