Oct. 8, 2012
The University of Montana men's tennis team competed in the Boise State Fall Classic Oct. 5-7.
Several Grizzly players had a good weekend of tennis in Boise.
"We had some good performances and we had some disappointing matches," said head coach Kris Nord. "It was a mixed bag of results."
Andrew Warren made it to the quarterfinals of the top flight consolation bracket. He fell to Brent Wheeler of Portland State. Warren then teamed up with Mikolaj Caruk to advance to the semifinals in the top flight doubles bracket by beating the first-seeded duo Mcihel Hu Kwo and Alex Ferrero of the University of Portland. The pair was then defeated by Hans Hach and Guilherme Gesser of Abilene Christian University.
"Mikolaj and Andrew played some good tennis and had a great win right off the back," said Nord.
Ethan Vaughn and Semion Branzburg made it to the quarterfinals of the top doubles flight. Vaughn and Branzburg defeated the third-seeded pair from Boise State in the first round of the flight. Vaughn also made it through to the semifinals of the second flight of singles.
Third-seeded pair Mike Facey and Eric Braun advanced to the semifinals of the second flight of doubles before losing to a duo from Seattle University.
Zach Drost and Andrew MacFarlane advanced to the semifinals of the second flight consolation bracket, but did not play that match. The mornings in Boise were just cold enough to delay the start of each day. So Drost and MacFarlane didn't compete due to court availability and weather issues.
"I told the guys my guys that we need to focus of qualifying for the Big Sky Conference championship as of right now," said Nord. "Some of the other teams have improved this fall more than we have and we need to focus on getting better."
The team will wrap up its fall season in Las Vegas at the ITA Mountain Regionals Oct. 17-20.
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