After a week of rain continually disrupting play, the skies cleared just in time for the Canadian University Tennis Championships to begin at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Sunshine welcomed the teams in Toronto and Montreal as they prepared to battle it out in their semi-final contests.
MONTREAL AND TORONTO TO MEET IN THE FINALS
In the men’s division, University of Toronto got off to a quick start and swept the doubles point against University of New Brunswick. They followed it up with some strong singles play and closed out a 4-0 victory to advance to the Championship round tomorrow. UNB was playing in their first Canadian University Tennis Championships in program history and gained valuable experience that they will put to use in their 3rd place play-off tomorrow.
On the other side of the draw, University of Montreal and University of Alberta battled in an extremely competitive match-up. Alberta clinched the doubles point by winning all 3 doubles matches but Montreal stalled their momentum by posting straight-set wins at #1 singles and #3 singles by Kamen Damov and Hugo Maurice.
Alberta responded with a 6-4, 7-6 win at #5 singles by Neel Phaterpekar to level the score. With the final 3 matches on court and the team score tied 2-2, Montreal jumped out to first set leads on all of the remaining courts. Virgil Sammartin held onto a 6-4, 6-3 victory for Montreal at court #4 and Rashed Rihani closed it out for the Carabins with a 6-4, 6-2 win at #2 singles.
With the semi-final results complete, University of Montreal and University of Toronto will now face each other in the championship round tomorrow at 10:30am in a repeat of the OUA final from earlier this season. Montreal won the last contest but both teams were in top form today so we expect a highly competitive match tomorrow. The third place play-off will feature University of New Brunswick against University ofAlberta.
ALBERTA OVERCOMES WESTERN TO BOOK A RE-MATCH WITH MONTREAL
The lone semi-final played in Montreal in the women’s division featured Western University against University of Alberta. Despite significantly improving their doubles play this year, Western narrowly lost the doubles point when Alberta edged out a victory on court #2 by a score of 8-7.
In singles play, Alina Jurca added to Alberta’s score by posting a 6-1, 6-1 win over Western’s Melissa Lee. Graduating senior Kristina Sanjevic came from behind in both sets to overcome OUA all-Star and Mustang stand-out, Helen He, in a 6-4, 6-3 win, to bring Alberta within one point of victory. Alberta sealed the deal with a 6-2, 6-3 victory by Riyo Tomita at #6 singles and booked a spot in the championship round and a re-match with University of Montreal. Western will play University of New Brunswick in the third place play-off.
PREVIEWING THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Alberta and Montreal also met in last year’s final where they battled it out for 6.5 hours before Alberta finally won by a score of 4-3. Alberta is determined to win back-to-back gold medals while Montreal has been waiting for the opportunity to reverse last year’s result. Both teams come in extremely motivated so we expect another great contest between these two talented teams.
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Tomorrow’s match times are listed below:
Men’s Division – 10:30am, Aviva Centre, Toronto
Championship Match: University of Toronto vs. University of Montreal
3rd place play-off: University of Alberta vs University of New Brunswick
Women’s Division – 10:30am, Stade IGA, Montreal
Championship Match: University of Alberta vs University of Montreal
3rd place play-off: University of New Brunswick vs. Western University