April 1, 2013
Mikolaj Caruk again shined but the Griz men's tennis team lost its first Big Sky match of the 2013 season in a 6-1 road loss to Sacramento State.
The Montana (5-6, 4-1 BSC) loss drops the Griz to fourth in Big Sky standings. Sacramento State (12-10, 7-1) now moves into second.
In singles play, Caruk had the lone win, a 6-4, 6-4 win over Aliaksandr Malko at No. 1. Caruk wasn't the only one that played well. Andrew Warren lost a heart breaker to Roy Brandys 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (12-10) at No. 2 and Eric Braun also lost 6-4, 4-6, 12-10.
"I feel like it should have been 4-3 instead of 6-1," Griz coach Kris Nord said. "Andrew and Eric both played very, very well. Both guys had match points but couldn't close out the win."
Despite the 1-2 Montana record on the road trip Caruk shined. He won all three singles matches in dominating fashion.
"Mikolaj is playing very well right now," Nord said. "The last few weeks have been his most consistent tennis in his time here. He hasn't had an easy match and he is winning every one.
The Griz return home for two Big Sky matches on Saturday afternoon against Weber State and Sunday afternoon against Northern Arizona.
Montana vs Sacramento State
Apr 1, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.
(Rio Del Oro Racquet Club)
1. Caruk, Mikolaj (UM) def. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC), 6-4, 6-4
2. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) def. Warren, Andrew (UM), 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (12-10)
3. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) def. Facey, Michael (UM), 6-3, 6-4
4. RAM, Niranjan (SAC) def. Vaughn, Ethan (UM), 6-2, 6-2
5. MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. Branzburg, Semion (UM), 6-3, 6-1
6. RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. Braun, Eric (UM), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)
1. MALKO, Aliaksandr/ MILLER, Tom (SAC) def. CARUK, Mikolaj/FACEY, Michael (UM), 8-5
2. WARREN, Andrew/VAUGHN, Ethan (UM) def. KOLAR, Sean/BRANDYS, Roy (SAC), 8-4
3. RAM, Niranjan/RAAG, Henrik (SAC) def. BRAUN, Eric/BRANZBURG, Semion (UM), 8-4
Montana: 5-6, 4-1 BSC
Sacramento State: 12-10, 7-1 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
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