Mustangs women and Carabins men serve up gold medal performances at championships

Photo by Martin Bazyl
Photo by Martin Bazyl

On an exciting final day at the Mayfair Parkway Club in Markham, Ont., the Western Mustangs women captured their second consecutive championship, followed by the first banner for the No. 1 Montreal Carabins men's team since 2010-11.

The Mustangs remained golden, upsetting the No. 1 York Lions women's team in a captivating 4-3 championship finals match. Mustangs No. 1 Helen He received Player of the Year honours, while head coach Mike Richards was recognized as Coach of the Year. Toronto Varsity Blues first-year athlete Mara Stroe was named OUA Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Montreal men utilized and closely contested doubles round victory to propel them to big success in the single, knocking off the Varsity Blues 6-1 in the championship finals. Carabins No. 2 Kamen Damov walked away with a set of hardware, being named an OUA All-Star, OUA Rookie of the Year, and OUA Player of the Year. Montreal head coach Andrezej Zaleski received Coach of the Year honours.

W – (3) Toronto 6 vs (4) Montreal 1 – Bronze

The host University of Toronto Varsity Blues captured OUA bronze, defeating the Universite de Montreal Carabins by a final score of 6-1 on Sunday morning (Oct. 8) at the Mayfair Parkway Club in Markham, Ont. The Carabins once again competed shorthanded, conceding both a doubles and singles match in the third-place showdown. U of T utilized the advantage with Toronto duo Cecelia Pye and Antonina Gorshenina clinching the doubles round with a crucial win. In singles competition, U of T claimed five victories, led by No. 1 and No. 2 players Carmen Lai and Mara Stroe. The Carabins pair of Delphie Poulin and Catherine Drolet won their doubles match decisively, while Lauriane Roussel was the lone singles winner for Montreal.

W – (1) York 3 vs (2) Western 4 – Gold

The Western Mustangs repeat as OUA champions defeating the No. 1 seeded York Lions 4-3 in the gold medal match. The win marks the second consecutive banner for the Mustangs and sixth in program history dating back to their first in 1972-73.

Western was dominant in the opening doubles matches, securing three convincing victories to earn the first point of the finals. From there, the teams exchanged singles wins with Western's No. 1 Helen He controlling her top-seeded match, while Lions No. 2 Julia Khalilova earned a tough three set victory in the second matchup. However, with further singles wins by Mustangs No. 5 and 6, Agathe Keromnes and Angela Crowley, Western sealed the deal on the back-to-back championships.

Awards

Player of the Year: Helen He (Western)

Rookie of the Year: Mara Stroe (Toronto)

Coach of the Year: Mike Richards (Western)

OUA All-stars

Helen He (Western)

Madeline Benn (Western)

Julia Khalilova (York)

Eugenie Lim Ah Tok (York)

Carmen Lai (Toronto)

Mara Stroe (Toronto)


M – (3) Western 7 vs (5) York 0 – Bronze

The Western Mustangs made quick work of the York Lions winning in a clean sweep, 7-0, to claim the OUA bronze medal on Sunday evening. After three strong wins in the doubles matches, Mustangs No. 1 Andre Szilvassy led the way by winning a back-and-forth contest with Lions No. 1 Dylan Shan. With Szilvassy's impressive win against the strong Shan, the remainder of the Western squad delivered convincing singles wins in the runaway victory.

M – (1) Montreal 6 vs (2) Toronto 1 – Gold

The No. 1 Montreal Carabins men's tennis team delivered as the top seed, winning the OUA championship finals over the host Varsity Blues by a final of 6-1. The win marks the first banner for the Carabins since 2010-11 and their sixth in program history dating back to their first in 1949-50.

In an exciting doubles round, the Montreal pair of Virgil Sammartin and Hubert Cote-Maltais secured the first point for the Carabins with a thrilling 8-6 victory over the Varsity Blues. In the singles matchups, U of T No. 1 Sasha Obucina remained steady, but his victory would prove to be the lone point for Toronto. Montreal won the remaining five contests, including another nail-biting three set win for Sammartin.

Awards

Player of the Year: Kamen Damov (Montreal)

Rookie of the Year: Kamen Damov (Montreal)

Coach of the Year: Andrzej Zaleski (Montreal)

OUA All-stars

Sasha Obucina (Toronto)

Felix Fan (Toronto)

Rached Rihani (Montreal)

Kamen Damov (Montreal)

Andre Szilvassy (Western)

Iain Sneddon (Western)

Championship Schedule
 
Friday, October 6

BYE: Women's - York
BYE: Men's - Montreal
Match 1 – Women's - Toronto 7 Brock 0
Match 2 – Men's - Toronto 7 Brock 0
Match 3 – Men's - Waterloo 3 York 4
Match 4 – Women's - Western 7 McMaster 0
Match 5 – Men's - Western 7 McMaster 0
Match 6 – Women's - Montreal 6 Waterloo 1

Saturday, October 7 

Match 8 – Women's Semifinal – York 6 vs. Montreal 1
Match 9 – Men's Semifinal – Montreal 7 vs. York 0
Match 10 – Women's Semifinal – Western 4 vs. Toronto 3
Match 11 – Men's Semifinal – Toronto 4 vs. Western 3

Sunday, October 8

Match 12 – Women's Bronze Medal Match – Toronto 6 vs. Montreal 1
Match 13 – Women's Gold Medal Match – York 3 vs. Western 4
Match 14 – Men's Bronze Medal Match – Western 7 vs. York 0
Match 15 – Men's Gold Medal Match – Montreal 6 vs. Toronto 1