Bears and Pandas capture Prairie Regional titles

    Golden Bears and Pandas advance to Western Regionals against UBC on March 1st

    By Aly Andersen on February 16, 2020

    EDMONTON – The Golden Bears and Pandas Tennis teams both continued their dominance at the Prairie Regional Championships, with both teams capturing their seventh consecutive titles this past weekend at Saville Community Sports Centre.

    The Bears dominated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Friday night in a 7-0 win, before facing provincial rivals, the University if Calgary Dinos, earning a 5-2 win. Meanwhile, the Pandas dropped only one game over the weekend, earning a 7-0 win over the Huskies and a 6-1 win over the Dinos.

    With the wins, both teams will host the UBC Thunderbirds in the Western Regional Championship on March 1st in hopes of qualifying for nationals.

    The Bears had little trouble getting past the Huskies on Friday, winning 93 of 97 games. Doubles was particularly dominate, not dropping a single game in their match ups.

    Calgary provided a bit more of a challenge on Saturday afternoon, but the Bears Still rose above with all double’s teams winning matches, while Neel Phaterpekar, Ryan Townstead, Jared Maclean, and Zack Perala all picked up big wins for the Bears.

    The Pandas showed why they are the reigning National Champions, cruising by Saskatchewan while only dropping four games in nine matches.

    Saturdays match was a tougher test as Calgary won the second singles match up. However, it did not slow the Pandas as Tereza Simonva, Jessica Kreutz, Samantha Chapman, Alina Jurca, and Riyo Tomita went onto win their singles match ups.