Women's tennis team plays Portland State in semifinal match
April 25, 2014
The Montana Grizzlies women's tennis team will finally get a crack at Portland State.
The fourth-seeded Vikings, which cancelled its February match with the Griz because of severe weather, defeated No. 5 Montana State late Friday afternoon, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round in the Big Sky Conference tournament at Gold River, Calif.
The teams will battle at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, as long as the weather holds up. Friday's four quarterfinal matches were moved indoors, with the start times being staggered from 9 a.m. until late Saturday evening.
PSU (10-6, 7-3 BSC), in its first ever Big Sky tourney, won at Nos. 4,5 and 6 singles after notching the doubles point.
"Montana State looked like they were going to win at No. 1, 2 and 3, so they had their chances," Head coach Steve Ascher said. "I got a chance to watch some of it, so it was good. They're the only team we didn't get to play in conference, so it'll be nice to be able to play that match and get a result."
Friday's late start times could make fatigue a major factor, as the match didn't finish until after 4 p.m. PST. The Griz (15-7, 9-0) were able to practice and then rest up on Friday, as they're the tournament's top-seed.
"This time of year everyone feels their bodies a little bit," Ascher said. "But I think you're at the championships, your adrenaline is kicking in and you either win, or you go home. Your adrenaline helps you out at this point, and with winning a match, they'll be excited to play tomorrow."
The most recent meeting between the two teams was last March, when the Griz won easily, 7-0. The only victor from that match not currently playing is Heather Davidson.
Ashley Mackey and Haley Driver, who both won over PSU last season, are a combined 18-0 in conference singles this season. Sasha Carter is 8-1 at No. 3, while Laurence Pelchat boasts the same mark at No. 4 singles in 2014.
Ascher's squad puts its perfect 9-0 conference record on the line tomorrow at 10 a.m.
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