• Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Vancouver, UBC - UBC Tennis Centre

Bears and Pandas claim Western Regional Titles

Bears and Pandas win 13th straight Western Canadian title

By Connor Hood on March 3, 2019

VANCOUVER - The University of Alberta tennis teams continued their dominance over their western Canadian competition, as each team defeated the UBC Thunderbirds to claim the 2019 Western Regional Championship.

The Bears defeated UBC 6-1, while the Pandas earned a 5-2 win over UBC on Saturday. With their respective wins, both Alberta teams have also qualified for the 2019 Tennis Canada University Championship, which runs in coordination with the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal.



The Golden Bears had little trouble with UBC, as they earned their 13th-straight Western Canadian title. The Bears dropped just one match (No. 4 singles), while easily winning the doubles point and the other five singles matches. 

Max Szczypien led Alberta on Saturday, as he earned a 8-6 doubles win with partner Connor Khademazad, before winning the No. 1 singles match 6-4, 6-3 over UBC's Wesley Bertsch. His individual performance also earned him the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week. 

The Pandas were also able to win their 13th-straight western title, thanks to their decisive 5-2 win. After dropping the first doubles match 8-2, Alberta responded with wins of 8-4 and 8-1 to claim the doubles point. 

Wins in the No. 1, 3, 4, and 5 singles matches were enough to push the Pandas past UBC. The most impressive singles performance came from Samantha Chapman, who cruised past Michelle Lim 6-4, 6-0 in No. 4 singles.

The Pandas will head to Toronto in early August for the National Championship, while the Bears will head to Montreal. The Pandas are the most recent national champions, winning in 2016/17, while the Bears are looking for their first national title since 2015/16.