Since first joining forces in the fall of 2015, Montana's men's tennis doubles partners Yannick Schmidl and Alexander Canellopoulos have dominated their Big Sky opponents, racking up a combined 16-2 conference record over the past two seasons.
Now, for the first time in school history, they have been recognized as one of the best in America, earning a national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at No. 77 in this week's poll.
"This is a testament to how hard they have worked over the past two years," said Interim Head Coach Jason Brown. "They play incredibly well together. We're proud of what they have accomplished, and what we think they can accomplish in the future."
The doubles team becomes the only pair in UM history to earn a ranking. Previously, only one other player on either Montana's men's or women's teams — singles or doubles — has ever earned a national ranking. Vanessa Castellano, a two-time Big Sky MVP, earned a national ranking in 1997, the last time a Grizzly graced the ITA's poll.
Schmidl and Canellopoulos enter their third-straight year together on the doubles court in 2018. In 2016, the two went 9-1 in conference play and followed that up a year later with a 7-1 record to earn second-team All-Big Sky honors in 2017.