BOZEMAN – The Montana State women’s tennis team won the opening doubles point, swept all three doubles matches and captured the first four singles contests in a 5-2 win over Sacramento State in its final regular-season match on Sunday afternoon. Anderson Tennis Center.
Montana State’s no. 2 tandem of Jazmin Lerman and JJ Chen with doubles play Yotova and Paige Alter. MSU’s No. Andrea Cuquerella and Maria Villarejo closed out doubles with a 7-5 victory.
“Doubles made a big difference today,” said MSU head coach Jon Reeves. “We’ve heard about it a lot and decided to change a few things up and it worked today. The biggest thing is we are more active and ready to play proper doubles. ”
Garcia-Reboredo put the Bobcats (6-15, 3-5) up 2-0 with a straight set victory over Ejsmont at No. 2. 1 singles. Van Baelen followed with a 7-5, 6-0 decision at Yotova. 2, and the match at Maddy Ferreros over a 7-5, 7-5 win with Lerman clinched the match. 3. Villarejo closed out MSU’s scoring with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over Alter at No. 4 singles.
“The singles in the energy were really good,” Reeves said. “When you look at it, the first sets are so much and Marta and Mirte really fought their way through, and it was pretty much that way down the board. It was really important for us to win that. We were able to take control of those matches and that freed them up to finish their matches.
“Any time you have Marta winning straight sets is awesome,” Reeves added. “And Mirte did just as fantastic.”
Sacramento State (3-16, 2-4) closed out the match with a pair of victories at Nos. 5 and 6 singles.
The six-team Big Sky Conference tournament field is where MSU awaits. The Bobcats currently sit fourth in league standings, tied with Portland State, and three conference wins. The Vikings have one Big Sky match remaining at Northern Arizona. Idaho, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State and Montana all have two wins. UM has completed its Big Sky schedule, while Idaho (4), Eastern Washington (2) and Sacramento State (2) will have matches remaining over the next two weeks.
The Big Sky Tournament is slated for April 28-30 in Phoenix, Ariz.
“It’s a waiting game now,” Reeves said. “We’ll still be training and practicing, and the kids need some time, whether academics or healing, to get some rest. It’s been a mentally and emotionally challenging season. Our children know how close they are. We’re 3-5 and literally just three points from being 5-3. I’m proud of them, and hopefully, we’ll get some luck and keep this thing going. ”