Bobcat tennis on a roll

The MSU men’s tennis team is asserting itself, to say the least.

The Bobcats improved their record in conference play to 3-0 on Sunday, defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 7-0. Coming off the heels of another dominant performance against MSU-Billings, the Bobcats didn’t drop a single set to the Thunderbirds and lost just eight games in singles play.

After failing to qualify for the Big Sky tournament last season, these Bobcats look poised to dominate the conference and make amends, especially number one singles player Niklas Brandes, who cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win on Sunday. Brandes lost one game all day, winning in number three doubles 8-1.

The team is certainly making new head coach Jared Burnham look good. “The guys played very well this weekend,” Burnham said. “They competed hard, and it’s good to get another league win.”

The Bobcats started their dominating day by winning all three doubles matches, dropping just three games combined. Javier Martin-Morillas and Markus Schleuter cruised to an 8-0 win over the Thunderbirds’ number two doubles team, and in singles, Martin-Morillas dropped just one game to number two singles player Bryton Wells, winning 6-1, 6-0. Bobcat Diego Campos rolled over Alex Dial in number four singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Next up, the Bobcats will host a couple of non-conference foes. Utah State will visit the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and MSU-Billings will have another shot at the Bobcats later at 2 p.m.