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SAN JOSE, Calif. - A day after being humbled by Big Sky Conference foe Sacramento State, the Montana women's tennis team whipped San Jose State, 6-1, in a nonleague dual Tuesday afternoon.

The Grizzlies jumped to 6-9 overall.

"The team played well today," Montana coach Steve Ascher said. "The girls seemed able to utilize elements of shot selection and point construction that we have focused on in practice.

"Given this opportunity to compete through the spring break, we can hope to better develop these skills to be ready for the remainder of outdoor competition this spring."

On Monday the Grizzlies were blanked by Sacramento State, 7-0, in Sacramento, Calif. Montana averted a sweep by the 53rd-ranked Hornets with a win at No. 3 doubles by Constance Alexander and Kayla Moyse, 8-6, over Milica Zivanovic and Dana Nazarova.

Moyse and Alexander moved to 5-1 in Big Sky play. Montana fell to 4-2 in league duals and Sac State jumped to 7-0.

"Sacramento State is an impressive team," Ascher said. "Though our team put itself in the right position to win, Sacramento had some better athletes."

Montana 6, San Jose State 1

Singles - 1. Chau Truong, SJS, def. Rebecca Bran, 6-3, 6-0; 2. Constance Alexandra, UM, def. Olivia Marshall, 6-4, 6-2; 3. Heather Davidson, UM, def. Kerri Kummer, 6-3, 6-4; 4. Kayla Moyse, UM, def. Anna Guzman, 6-4, 7-5; 5. Amanda Bran, UM, def. Sandra Florea, 7-6 (5), 6-1; 6. Lauren Gibson, UM, def. Jennifer Williams, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles - 1. R. Bran/Davidson, UM, def. Kummer/Florea, 8-2; 2. A. Bran/Gibson, UM, def. Guzman/Truong, 8-2; 3. Marshall/Williams, SJS, def. Moyse/Alexander, 6-3 (retired).

Sac State 7, Montana 0

Singles - 1. Tatsiana Kapshai, SAC, def. Rebecca Bran, 6-0, 6-1. 2. Maria Meliuk, SAC, def. Constance Alexander, 6-4, 6-2. 3. Rebeca Delgado, SAC, def. Heather Davidson, 6-3, 6-2. 4. Clarisse Baca, SAC, def. Kayla Moyse, 6-0, 6-1. 5. Milica Zivanovic, SAC, def. Amanda Bran, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6. 6. Gayane Sarkisian, SAC, def. Lauren Gibson, 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

Doubles - 1. Kapshai/Sarkisian, SAC, def. Re. Bran/Davidson, 8-4. 2. Baca/Meluik, SAC, def. Am. Bran/Gibson, 8-0. 3. Moyse/Alexander, UM, def. Zivanovic/Dana Nazarova, 8-6.

 

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