The four best men’s and women’s Ontario University Tennis Teams competed in the Ontario Regional Qualifier earlier in the school year for the chance to play in the 2019 Canadian University National Championships.
The teams qualified for the regional by placing in the top four at the OUA Championships. With the best teams in the province going head to head, it was a weekend of hard fought, high quality matches and we even had a special guest join us on Championship Sunday to catch the action!
Special Guest, Rocking his new hair do.
Western came in as the favourite in both the men’s and women’s draw following their recent wins at the OUA Tennis Championships. They backed-up their OUA titles with a solid performance at the Regionals to walk away with another tournament win and the first qualifying spot in the 2019 Canadian University Tennis Championships. Western will now await the winners of the remaining 3 regions to see who will compete for the national title at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank August 9-11, 2019. Full match details from the weekend are below.
The opening match of the weekend saw the University of Toronto women take on the York University Lions. The doubles point was tightly contested as the #1 doubles match went to a deciding tie-breaker where the Varsity Blues, Mara Stroe and Adel aida Allakhverdiyeva beat Sara Krupica and Vanessa Erqi 8-7 (4). The Blues, riding high on their doubles point, held onto singles matches on courts 3, 4 and 5 to earn a spot in the finals on Sunday.
Men: University of Toronto Varsity Blues vs. York University Lions (2-4)
Both teams entered this round full of confidence after strong performances at the OUA Championships. The York Lions were able to clinch the doubles point with a win on court 3 where Dylan Shan and George Zoidl beat Christian Krustev and Alec Luchak 8-6. With the York team pumped for the singles, they won match ups on courts 1, 2 and 4 to score the upset over the University of Toronto and earn a spot in the finals.
Women + Men: Western Mustangs vs. McMaster Marauders (6-0)
The Western Mustangs showed their composure in both the men’s and women’s fixtures where both teams swept the Marauders 6-0 to earn a spot in the finals. The Marauders women’s team improved on their previous result against the Mustangs from the regular season but it wasn’t enough to take down the reigning Ontario Champions.
Women: University of Toronto Varsity Blues vs. Western Mustangs (0-5)
The first fixture of the day saw the University of Toronto Women take on the Western Mustangs in a repeat of the OUA finals where the Mustangs won 5-2. The Mustangs continued their strong performance and took the early lead with two quick doubles wins on court 2 and 3 to earn the doubles point. With the first point clinched and their confidence riding high, the Mustangs won in straight sets on courts 1, 2, 5 and 6 to earn the tournament win and a spot in the Canadian University National Championships to be held at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto.
Men: York University Lions vs. Wester Mustangs (0-5)
At the start of the fixture we had a special guest, Denis Shapovalov, in the crowd to cheer on his friend and Western Mustangs doubles specialist, Jonathan Soriano. The York Lions were looking to upset the OUA Champions and had an early lead at #3 doubles where George Zoidl and Nikola Janev took on Brent Moffat and Jonathan Soriano. The Lions secured an early break and were up 4-1 with another break point opportunity, but Soriano stepped up with some impressive play and helped clinch the doubles point for his team. With momentum on their side, Western held steady on courts 1, 2, 3 and 6 to defeat the Lions and earn a spot at the Canadian University National Champions.
Congratulations to all of the teams for their outstanding performances and qualifying to be part of this prestigious event for the top Ontario teams. The event would not have been possible without the support of tournament officials James Kwon and Daniella Chassion, Athletic Therapist Lisa Murray, Operations staff Sophie Ronan, Rachel Gould and Natan Levi and cooperation of the Veneto Tennis Club.