Missoulian UM beats Lewis-Clark State 5-4
SPOKANE - Montana closed out its regular season and closed the gap on Gonzaga, but still fell 6-3 to the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday in women's tennis play.
On Friday, the Lady Griz claimed two of three doubles matches to pull out a 5-4 victory over Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho.
Gonzaga, 17-3 this season, won all but one match against UM in February and all but two last weekend in Missoula. This time, Montana's Jessica Redding captured the No. 1 singles match 6-4, 6-3 over Sarah Ust, and teamed with Libby Catron to defeat Gonzaga's No. 1 doubles team 8-6. Kate Kohlschreiber and Kim Barger teamed up to win the No. 3 doubles match for Montana with an 8-3 decision.
The same two doubles teams were victorious for UM against Lewis-Clark. Kohlschreiber and Barger pulled out a tense 9-7 win to clinch the team victory.
The Lady Griz (3-9) will be in Pocatello, Idaho, Thursday through Sunday for the Big Sky Conference regional tournament.
Montana 5, Lewis-Clark State 4
Singles - Jessica Redding, UM, def. Christine Dickson 6-1, 6-4; 2, Eleanor Specht, LC, def. Libby Catron 6-1, 6-2; Sanet Nel, LC, def. Jessie Childress 6-3, 6-4; Ashild Fjeldheim, UM, def. Mi Sung Chun 1-6, 6-1, 7-5; Kate Kohlschreiber, UM, def. Angie Loessberg 6-1, 6-2; Jinnie Shrestha, LC, def. Kim Barger 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles - Redding-Catron, UM, def. Nel-Specht 8-4; Chun-Dickson, LC, def. Childress-Fjeldheim 8-0; Kohlschreiber-Barger, UM, def. Shrestha-Wright 9-7.
Gonzaga 6, Montana 3
Singles - Jessica Redding, UM, def. Sarah Ust 6-4, 6-3; Theresa Madson, G, def. Catron 6-3, 6-1; Melissa Juelis, G, def. Kate Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-0; Antje Frychel, G, def. Ashild Fjeldheim 6-0, 7-5; Kirstin Horrobin, G, def. Kim Barger 6-0,6-1; Taio Miller, G, def. Jelena Petrovic 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles - Redding-Catron, UM, def. Horrobin-Ust 8-6; Madson-Miller, G, def. Childress-Fjeldheim 9-7; Kohlscreiber-Barger, UM, def. Rock-Juelis 8-3.