Griz win multiple flights at Matador Invitational
Nov. 4, 2013
The Montana women's tennis team won two singles titles and one doubles title, and had almost as much success in the back draws as the Grizzlies wrapped up their fall tournament season last weekend at the Cal State Northridge Invitational at Northridge, Calif.
Junior Precious Gbadamosi won the A flight, junior Laurence Pelchat the B flight, and Pelchat and junior Sasha Carter teamed up to claim the doubles B flight at a tournament that included athletes from Cal States Northridge, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Stanislaus, UC Riverside, Pepperdine and Air Force.
Carter also won the back draw in the A flight, while senior Maddy Murray won the B flight back draw.
"The big thing now is we're seeing good tennis at a consistent level," UM coach Steve Ascher said. "It's not like one day a player is having a good match and the next day there's a drop-off.
"We're seeing a consistent level of energy and effort, and mentally they are so much sharper and so much more into the match, which is key."
Gbadamosi continued her strong play this fall with four wins, three of them in straight sets, to take the singles title in the A flight and improve her season singles record to 10-3. Pelchat had her best tournament of the fall and won four singles matches as well to take the B flight.
"We've been working hard these three weeks after (the ITA regional in) Vegas," Pelchat said. "I really saw the difference between the other tournaments and this one.
"My game was clean, and I played good tennis. Nothing ever felt out of my control. I was able to play my game and do what I like to do."
Montana's doubles title came from Carter and Pelchat in the B flight. After a bye in the opening round, the Griz duo posted 8-3, 8-1 and 8-2 victories.
Sophomore Mackenzie Rozell won a pair of double matches while teamed with Northridge's Jutta Collet in the C flight. In the flight's championship match, Gbadamosi dropped down and played with Rozell in an 8-2 victory over a team from CSUN.
Montana's dual season opens when it hosts Washington State on Jan. 31. The Grizzlies will face Minnesota the same weekend at the Peak Racquet Club on Feb. 2.
"All the experience we've gained this fall is valuable moving forward," Ascher said. "Now it's a matter of managing it and transitioning into the offseason."
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