Bobcat tennis swings home

The MSU Women’s Tennis Team held their first home matches of the spring season against the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Seattle University Redhawks this past weekend. The match against the Grizzlies was not part of the Brawl of the Wild series, nor did it count toward Big Sky Conference standings. The Bobcats played well in both matches, but dropped both, falling 6-1 to the Grizzlies and 4-3 in a tightly-contested match against the Redhawks.

The Cats hosted the Grizzlies on Feb. 2 at the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis center. Even without the Brawl of the Wild series or conference standings at risk, both teams played well. The Cats fought hard in the doubles series, but the Griz took the point for the doubles matches, winning two of three games. With the Cats down a point already, they turned to their singles players to get them back in the match. Freshman Annie Walker got the Cats on the board with her victory over junior Nathalie Joanlanne of UM. The Cats battled hard the rest of the match, but ended on the wrong end of a 6-1 victory for the Grizzlies.

The Cats hosted the Redhawks of Seattle University on Feb. 4 next. They battled down to the wire, with three Bobcats collecting singles wins, but it was not enough as the Redhawks gained the advantage from a 2-1 victory in the doubles that would prove to be the decisive point in the match.

The Bobcat Men’s Tennis team voyaged west at the same time, journeying to Gonzaga University on Saturday, Feb. 3 and to Eastern Washington University (EWU) on Sunday, Feb. 4. The Cats showed signs of improvement while taking on the Pacific Northwest schools, but were unable to muster up any momentum as Gonzaga swept the Cats 7-0.

Improvement reared its head when the Cats traveled to EWU as they earned points off of two singles victories by senior Adrian Torrico and freshman Joaquim Espinoza. Torrico and sophomore Kasper Parklo also took home a victory in the doubles match.

The men’s team travels to Missoula next to take on Lewis and Clark State College on Feb. 9, while the women’s team will stay home to host Portland State University on Feb. 11.

Montana State tennis player Laura Mary attempts to hit the ball in her match against University of Montana on Friday, Feb. 02, 2018 in Bozeman, Mont. Photo by Brendan Kristiansen /MSU Exponent