Slow start for MSU men’s tennis in 2016-2017 season

The MSU Men’s Tennis team is currently 2-6 in the 2016-2017 tennis season, and are 1-0 in the Big Sky Conference. The men have yet to have any home meets, and have traveled to Oregon, Colorado and Utah this season.

The Cats are coached by Jared Burnham who is in his second season as Montana State’s Head Men’s Tennis Coach and Director of the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center. Burnham led the Bobcats to a 13-8 record last season and a 9-1 finish within the Big Sky Conference.

In their season opener, the men traveled to Eugene, Oregon on Jan. 20 to face off against Seattle University, falling 5-2 overall and coming away with a No. 2 doubles win by the duo of junior Rok Sitar and sophomore Alex Flink, as well as No. 5 and No. 6 singles wins by freshman Kasper Parlklo and freshman Max Petrack.

On Jan. 21, in a second face-off against Seattle University, the Cats came away victorious with a 5-2 win. The Cats won No. 1 and No. 3 doubles both by a score of 6-4 and had wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 singles by senior Kellen Bates, Sitar, junior Adrian Torrico and Parlklo.

After falling three in a row against the University of Oregon 0-4 on Jan. 22, 2-5 to the University of Missouri – Kansas City on Jan. 27 and 1-6 to Air Force Academy Jan. 28, the Bobcats went on to win their first Big Sky matchup against Northern Colorado 5-2 on Jan. 29. They won 5 of their 6 singles matches, with wins by Bates at No. 1, Sitar at No. 2, Torrico at No. 3, Flink at No. 4, and Parlklo at No. 5. They also came away with a No. 1 doubles victory by Flink and Sitar. In their next matchup against Brigham Young University on Feb. 4, the Cats fell 6-1, and went on to fall to Utah 4-0 on Feb. 5.

The Bobcats’ next match will be Feb. 25 to face off against the University of Montana Grizzlies in Missoula. They will play in their first home meet Mar. 4 against Southern Utah University.