RJ Gan and Riyo Tomita
The Pandas tennis team will get the chance to add another national title on Sunday, after they defeated the Montreal Carabins 5-2 in the national semifinal on Saturday afternoon in Montreal.
It marks the third-straight appearance for the Pandas in the final of the Tennis Canada University Championships; the Pandas won the national title in 2017, before losing to Montreal in the final last August.
The Western Mustangs defeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks 7-0 in the other women's semifinal. The Pandas and Mustangs will square off in the national final at 10:30 a.m. EST.
The Pandas jumped ahead early on Montreal, as they dominated the doubles section with three convincing wins. They carried that momentum into the singles section, winning four of the six matches. Terezza Simonova won a tight three-set battle at the No. 1 singles spot, while Katie Johnson, Sam Chapman and captain Alina Jurca also earning singles wins.
On the men's side, the Bears were unable to get past Montreal, falling 4-3 to the Carabins in Toronto. The Bears have now lost in three straight national semifinals since their last championship win in 2016.
After dropping the doubles portion to the Carabins, the Bears fought back in the singles section with a pair of wins. However, the Carabins won both the top two singles matches, advancing to the national final on Sunday. The Bears will now play the Memorial Sea-Hawks for Bronze.