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The Montana men's tennis team learned two things on Thursday: there's no place like home, and victory is the sweetest revenge.

After nearly a month on the road, the Grizzlies returned to Missoula and picked up their biggest win of the year, dismantling previously undefeated Idaho 5-2 in a Big Sky matchup.

The win boosts Montana's record to 5-2 in conference play (8-5 overall) with a legitimate chance of winning out and advancing to the Big Sky tourney with only the pair of losses. The Griz play each of their remaining four regular-season matches at home.

Before Thursday, Montana had not beaten the Vandals since 2011, despite numerous close calls.

But the Griz entered the match motivated by revenge after Idaho defeated the Griz in last year's Big Sky championship, which brought UM abruptly back to earth after the euphoric high of upsetting Northern Arizona in the semifinal.

"It's so, so, nice to be home. It's just so good to be in Missoula, have fans rooting for us, to be at the Peak where we practice and have the ball land where we want it to," said interim head coach Jason Brown. "The home-court advantage showed up today. The guys looked really good."

 

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