Tennis makes most of shortened weekend

The Bobcat tennis teams couldn’t do anything about the weather, but they certainly took care of business on the court. The men and women each played only one of their scheduled two duals this weekend, limited by the sub-zero temperatures and terrible travel conditions. The women were supposed to take on the Montana State University-Billings Yellowjackets on Friday night, but the games were cancelled. However, the eager Lady Bobcats made the most out of the weekend when they took on Portland State (PSU) the next morning. MSU captured their first win of the conference season with a bang, sweeping the shorthanded PSU Vikings 7-0.

The Vikings only had five healthy players, so they were forced to forfeit a doubles match and a singles match, giving the Cats an automatic 2-0 lead. They wouldn’t need it though, as the Cats dominated, winning each and every matchup. With the victory, MSU improved to 4-7 on the season, having won three of their last four matches.

The men were scheduled to take on PSU Saturday night but the match was postponed due to a blizzard warning and wind chill in the negative 20s. Sunday morning rolled around and the Cats were finally able to play, facing off against the Sacramento State Hornets, the defending Big Sky champions. The day got off to a good start for the Cats with a couple of close wins in the doubles portion of the match, giving them an early 1-0 lead. From there, the Cats kept rolling. In an intense afternoon, the matches were back and forth until the Cats pulled out the 4-3 victory in the last match of the day. Though the victory was a huge moment, the Cats aren’t taking their feet off the pedal and will look to keep improving as the season continues. With the victory, the men improved to 4-2 on the season. Head coach Jared Burnham commented, “Our goal, as always, is to make it to the conference tournament and go from there.”