Montana's men's tennis team will start the 2018 season picked to finish fourth with the Grizzly women are picked No. 8 this year in the annual Big Sky preseason poll, as selected by the league's coaches.

Despite advancing to the Big Sky championship match last spring and posting the best fall season in program history, the men's team is slated to come in fourth in the increasingly competitive league.

The Montana men picked up 96 points and one first-place vote, just two points shy of third-place finisher Sacramento State, which tallied 98 points but no first-place votes.

Idaho was picked to repeat as conference champions with nine first-place votes and 117 points, and Northern Arizona was selected to finish second with 111 points and a pair of first-place votes.

The Montana women earned 51 points to come in at No. 8 in the women's preseason poll, just one point shy of No. 7 Weber State and four points shy of No. 6 Eastern Washington.

Idaho was also picked to win the women's tournament this season with 120 points and 10 first-place votes. Northern Arizona was selected to come in second with two first-place votes, while Montana State was picked to come in third.

The Montana women are the first to open the new season, starting off with a doubleheader at home against Washington State on Jan. 26, followed by a match against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 27 at the Peak Racquet Club in Missoula.

The Grizzly men open their season on Feb. 9-10, hosting nonconference tune-ups against Lewis-Clark State and Montana State at the Peak.

— UM sports information

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