MISSOULA — The Montana men's tennis team kept its train rolling toward the Big Sky championship tournament on Friday with a 7-0 win over Northern Colorado at the Peak Racquet Club.
The Grizzlies improved to 6-2 in conference play (9-5 overall) and did not see a blemish on the score sheet, with an easy win in the doubles round and straight-set wins on five of the six singles courts.
"I think we put in a clean, professional effort against a determined team," said Grizzly interim head coach Jason Brown. "They had nothing to lose coming in here, but we were able to take care of business. Now we need to look ahead to Portland State."
Yannick Schmidl and Max Korkh clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 2, the sixth-straight win for the pair since joining forces in late March.
Alexander Canellopoulos took momentum from Thursday's upset over Idaho to the singles round against UNC, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nick Wade at No. 4 to extend Montana's lead to 2-0.
Ignacio Tejerina then rebounded from a loss to Idaho to put UM up 3-0 with his first-ever win at No. 3, a clean 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Kritzinger.
Schmidl clinched the match with his sixth Big Sky singles win of the season, beating UNC's Connor Finerty 6-4, 6-2 to give the Griz the overall win.
The Griz now turn their attention to Portland State on Sunday morning.
The Vikings travel to Missoula loaded with confidence after eliminating Montana State from Big Sky tournament contention with a narrow 4-3 win over the Bobcats in Bozeman for the first time in school history.
PSU will need to beat the Grizzlies to earn the program's first berth in the conference championship.
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