Friday was a close day for the MSU men’s tennis team against the Eastern Washington Eagles, with the Bobcats clinching a dramatic 4-3 win. The Cats led the way in the singles matches, winning four of the six matches, while Eastern controlled the doubles matches 2-1.
The senior duo of Diego Campos and Markus Schleuter each won their singles matches and then teamed up to get the victory in doubles.
Junior Javier Martin Morillas continued to push the Bobcats forward with a decisive 6-3, 6-4 victory over Eduardo Bringold of the Eagles, and sophomore Harry James followed suit with a hard fought 6-4, 6-4 win over Wacil Bendjelti, which clinched the victory for the Bobcats.
The match victory pushed the Bobcats into position to potentially gain a free pass into the semifinals in the upcoming Big Sky tournament depending on the outcome of the Cat/Griz duel on April 20 in Missoula.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat by the Grizzlies in Missoula, with University of Montana clinching second place in the Big Sky conference. Despite the loss on the Grizzly courts, the Bobcats had some close matches. Three of these went unfinished but had the potential to be Bobcat victories.
The loss placed the Bobcats (11-7, 7-3) in a third place tie with Northern Arizona, but they dropped to the fifth seed due to the season tiebreaker. The Cats will play the fifth seed Sacramento State Hornets in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament.