BOISE — Against tough competition, the Montana men's tennis team continued its hot start to the fall season with a couple of deep runs in the draws and some highlight wins this past weekend at the Dar Walters Classic.
Spaniard Victor Casadevall led the way, winning five straight matches before falling in the final of the men's open draw. He is the first Montana player to make the finals of the Dar Walters Classic.
In the final, he met 2016 Big Sky MVP Nathan Boniel of Portland State, who defeated Casadevall in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Max Korkh had the second-best performance by a Grizzly player, bouncing back from an early loss to make a deep run in the consolation draw. He lost a close tiebreak in his opening set but used that experience to pick up a couple of tiebreak wins on his way back to the final.
He lost the final to the No. 8 seed from Gonzaga, Emilio Moreno 7-5, 6-2.
The win of the tournament may have come from Montana's Yannick Schmidl. In the round of 16, he faced No. 3 seed Cormac Clissold, a senior for the Pac-12's Oregon Ducks. After splitting the first two sets, Schmidl rallied for an 11-9 tiebreaker win.
The biggest test of the fall season is next up on the schedule. The ITA Mountain Regional begins on Oct. 18 in Provo, Utah.
— UM sports information