Anabel Carbo-Estruch and Ashley Mackey won at No. 3 doubles.
April 19, 2014
Another day, another dominant performance by the Montana Grizzlies women's tennis team.
The Griz (14-7, 9-0 BSC) defeated North Dakota 6-1 at the Peak Racquet Club on Saturday afternoon, finishing off a perfect 9-0 Big Sky season. Head coach Steve Ascher said he's extremely satisfied with the way his team is finishing off the season.
"It's a really good feeling to be 9-0, and just get this last match completed and solidified," Ascher said. "It's just a neat feeling."
UM swept the doubles point, improving the team conference doubles record to 22-5. Haley Driver and Precious Gbadamosi won 8-5 over Stephanie Petsis and Callie Ronkowski, finishing off an 8-1 doubles season. Sasha Carter and Laurence Pelchat won 8-2, moving their record to 8-1 as well.
In singles flights, the Griz nabbed five of six matches, improving the spring singles win/loss mark to 46-8.
Junior Haley Driver -- arguably the best player in the entire conference -- improved her conference record to 9-0 at No. 1 singles. When you're battling against the opponent's top player in every match, going undefeated is an incredible feat. Driver said lately she has focused on not giving away easy points.
"I didn't set a goal to win all Big Sky matches, but I did want to make first-team all conference," Driver said. "I just did the best I could in all the matches I played, and stayed the course. Last year I let a few matches slip, and I was too loose on the court, so I tried to learn from last year."
Ashley Mackey also finished up the spring season 9-0 in conference singles matches, defeating Mikaela Bennett in straight sets at No. 5. Carter defeated Lacey Sprinkel 7-5, 6-4, and Pelchat knocked off Stephanie Biehn 6-1, 6-0. Both juniors are 8-1 in Big Sky singles matches.
Maddy Murray extended her winning streak to five matches at No. 6 singles, defeating Alyssa Carlson in straight sets.
UM hosts Idaho on Sunday at 9 a.m at the Peak in its final home match of the season.
"We're really excited to play (Idaho)," Driver said. "It'll be a really good match to head into conference. The last few matches have been pretty easy, so I'm hoping for a great opponent that will really be challenging."
Montana 6, North Dakota 1
April 19, 2014 at Missoula, Mont. (Peak Racquet Club)
1. Haley Driver (UM) def. Stephanie Petsis (UND) 6-1, 6-2
2. Callie Ronkowski (UND) def. Precious Gbadamosi (UM) 6-2, 6-2
3. Sasha Carter (UM) def. Lacey Sprinkel (UND) 7-5, 6-4
4. Laurence Pelchat (UM) def. Stephanie Biehn (UND) 6-1, 6-0
5. Ashley Mackey (UM) def. Mikaela Bennett (UND) 6-1, 6-2
6. Maddy Murray (UM) def. Alyssa Carlson(UND) 6-0, 6-0
1. Haley Driver/Precious Gbadamosi (UM) def. Stephanie Petsis/Callie Ronkowski (UND) 8-5
2. Sasha Carter/Laurence Pelchat (UM) def. Mikaela Bennett/Lacey Sprinkel (UND) 8-2
3. Ashley Mackey/Anabel Carbo-Estruch (UM) def. Stephanie Biehn/Alyssa Carlson(UND) 8-2
Montana: 14-7, 9-0 BSC
North Dakota: 6-12, 3-6 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)
Match duration: 3 hours, 25 minutes
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