The University of Montana men's tennis team took on the Big Sky Conference's number one team, Northern Arizona University, at the Peak Racquet Club on Saturday, March 9.
The Lumberjacks defeated the Griz 7-0, illustrating the youth of the Montana team, made up of half freshmen. The loss drops the Griz to three wins and eight losses on the season, with one win and two losses in conference play. The team has not won its last seven matchups.
The Griz played again on Sunday against Weber State, and will travel to Moscow to play the University of Idaho next weekend.
The women had a more successful weekend, emerging victorious over Idaho State 4-3, and will next play against Northern Colorado on Friday, March 15.
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University of Montana senior Alex Canellopoulos attempts to sprint to return the ball during the Griz matchup against Northern Arizona University on March 9, 2019.
Northern Arizona tennis players Tom Fisher and Facundo Tumosa cheer for Lumberjack teammate Chris Steele after winning an instrumental point.
University of Montana freshman tennis player Pontus Hallgren hits a forehand while warming up before the match against Northern Arizona University at the Peak Racquet Club in Missoula, Montana, on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
An Intercollegiate Tennis Association official checks the height of the net before matchplay begins.
University of Montana senior Alex Canellopoulos tosses the ball to serve in the second set against Northern Arizona's Tim Handel. Canellopoulos fell 7-5, 6-3 to Handel.
University of Montana freshman Oisin Shaffrey tosses the ball to serve. Shaffrey lost the match 6-4, 7-6 to Northern Arizona's Ruben Montano.
Northern Arizona University tennis players and Griz fans watch the match.
Northern Arizona University sophomore Chris Steele hits a forehand in a close match against University of Montana junior Ludvig Hallgren. Steele pulled off the win in two sets that went to tiebreakers, 7-6, 7-6.
University of Montana men's tennis head coach Jason Brown talks to Griz junior Ludvig Hallgren late in the match. The Griz fell to Northern Arizona 7-0.