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.