On Saturday, April 12, the Bobcat men’s tennis team scored a strong 6-1 win against North Dakota (3-15, 2-8). This victory put the Cats one win away from a postseason berth, which would allow them to defend their title as Big Sky Conference Champions.
MSU got off to a strong start, with the No. 1 doubles team of junior Niklas Brandes and sophomore Harry James, and the No. 2 team of seniors Markus Schleuter and Diego Campos nabbing victories. The No. 3 doubles team of senior Kenny Dodd and junior Javier Martin Morillas fell to UND’s team 8-7.
The singles took the court next, and Nos. 1-4 for the Bobcats got the win. Due to an injury to Campos, Dodd filled in at the No. 5 spot, and lost in a close match, 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.
The next day, MSU faced off with rival Northern Colorado (7-7, 5-5), with the Bobcats looking for the chance to punch their ticket to the Big Sky Tournament. Once again, the Cats won two doubles matches, this time the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. The team of Schleuter/Campos dropped an 8-7 decision at the No. 2 spot.
The singles were on the court next, and with Campos back at the No. 5 slot, MSU was able to win four of the six matches. The Cats beat UNC 5-2, thus clinching a spot in the postseason.
This weekend was packed for the Bobcats (10-6, 6-2) but two consecutive wins not only clinches a postseason berth, but gives them an opportunity to defend their title. The Cats close out the season with a Cat/Griz matchup on April 20 in Missoula.