Missoulian UM Tennis

POCATELLO, ID - The University of Montana women's tennis team will be the third seed in the upcoming Big Sky Championships after losing to Montana State 5-3 Sunday in the final match at the Mountain Regional tournament.

Montana State will take the No. 2 seed into the Big Sky Championships at Pocatello on April 20-22. Idaho State will host the tournament as the top seed.

Montana was tied with Montana State 3-3 heading into the doubles competition after the two teams split the singles matches. Stacy Voelker and Staci Rust teamed up to win at No. 3 doubles and give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead. Montana State's No. 2 team of Ali Jensen and Elizabeth Lowrance then defeated Jessie Childress and Ashild Fjeldheim 8-2 to clinch the win. The No. 1 doubles team did not need to complete their match.

Jessica Redding, Fjeldheim and Kim Barger each earned wins in singles play for the Lady Griz.

Montana State 5, Montana 3

Singles - Jessica Redding, UM, def. Rachel Drummond 6-0, 6-3; Ali Jensen, MSU, def. Libby Catron 6-0, 6-3; Ashild Fjeldheim, UM, def. Elizabeth Lowrance 1-2(retired); Stacy Voelker, MSU, def. Jessie Childress 6-2, 6-0; Susan Risteen, MSU, def. Kate Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-6(8-6); Kim Barger, UM, def. Staci Rust 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles - Catron-Redding, UM, DNF Drummond-Risteen; Jensen-Lowrance, MSU, def. Childress-Fjeldheim 8-2; Voelker-Rust, MSU, def. Brager-Kohlschreiber 8-1.

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