Tennis finds success over weekend

While the men’s squad tuned up for their upcoming final regular season match with a dominant win over Idaho State, the Bobcat women’s tennis team continued their roller coaster ride of a season, beating Eastern Washington but losing 7-0 to the Idaho Vandals in a pair of Big Sky Conference matches.

The men, in a rare late season, non-conference match, faced little pressure when competing on the road against the Bengals on April 11, but were at their best nonetheless. The Cats dominated in all aspects of the match, never losing a set, let alone a match and earned the 7-0 victory. The win should give the Bobcats plenty of confidence heading into this weekend when they will host the University of Montana Grizzlies on Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. This matchup is especially important since it not only has postseason implications, but a Big Sky Conference regular season title potentially at stake as well.

The women also hit the road, first to Cheney, Washington to take on the Eagles and then to Moscow, Idaho for a match against the red hot Vandals. With the Eagles already shorthanded thanks to injury, the Cats made quick work of Eastern Washington, grabbing the doubles point and capitalizing on that momentum to roll to a 5-2 win. Notably, sophomore Wanda Holopainen won a straight set victory at the number two spot, grinding out a 7-5 win in the first set and cruising to a 6-0 second set victory.

On Sunday against the University of Idaho, things just didn’t break Montana State’s way. Not off to a good start after losing the doubles point, the Cats fought hard in singles play but seemingly could not overcome the conference’s No. 2 team. Holopainen and her twin sister Naomi both battled to three sets before falling but could not prevent the 7-0 loss. The Bobcats will need to quickly bounce back, as they face a gauntlet of conference matches this weekend at home where they will face Idaho State on Friday at 11 a.m., Northern Arizona on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and Weber State on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Bobcat Tennis Center.