Sept. 17, 2012
The University of Montana men's team kicked off its fall season at the Montana State Open this past weekend.
Senior Andrew Warren gave a spectacular performance. The Idaho Falls product was seeded fourth at the tournament. He defeated defending champion and third seed Kyle McDonald to win the singles bracket. Warren didn't drop a single set the entire tournament.
After dropping his first match, freshman Semion Branzburg went 3-0 in the consolation bracket. He was slated to compete in the final round of singles consolation against Dave Luebbe but was pulled due to some leg issues.
Warren and junior Mikolaj Caruk were also pulled from their final round doubles match. The tournament ran behind and presented some time restraints that didn't allow the team to stay.
Caruk was seeded at the number two spot in the tournament. He fell to Markus Schleuter in the quarterfinals of the singles bracket.
Junior Eric Braun beat Montana's class AA high school tennis champion Kellen Bates in the first round. He then lost to teammate Warren in the next round. Warren also beat teammate junior Zach Drost in the quarterfinals.
Senior Michael Facey was ranked fifth in the tournament and advanced his way through the bracket to the quarterfinals where he was defeated by McDonald.
Overall, the team's performances in their first fall tournament left much to be desired by head coach Kris Nord.
"We have a lot of work left to do," said Nord. "I wasn't entirely happy with what I saw. We need to improve the intensity on the court for both singles and doubles. They energy level really needs to increase."
The team is back on the road again this next week as it travels to Cheney, Wash., to compete in the three-day Eastern Washington Invitational.
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