MISSOULA, Mont. -- The University of Montana won a pair of tight doubles matches to earn what turned out to be a crucial point as the Grizzlies escaped with a 4-3 win over the Weber State men's tennis team on Saturday at Peak Racquet Club.
Oliver Good and Caio Poitena took UM's Mikolaj Caruk and Michael Facey to the limit in the No. 1 doubles match, but fell 9-8 (7-4) in a tiebreak, while Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami likewise dropped a tight 9-7 battle in the No. 2 spot to Ethan Vaughn and Andrew Warren. Ryan Garner and Jakub Gewert also pushed their Grizzly opponents before falling 8-6 in the No. 3 match.
Singles play also turned out some very tight matches, with only two of the six contests finishing in straight sets and/or without a tiebreak. Good scored the first of those two, earning a point for Weber State to even the match at 1-1, as he took down Facey 6-3, 6-1. In the other, Montana's Warren defeated Fought 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2, putting UM back in front.
Vaughn made it 3-1 for Montana in the No. 4 match, winning a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 battle against Poitena in the No. 4 match. Semion Branzenburg clinched the match for Montana with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win at No. 5, despite Goswami fighting to the end to try to keep Weber State in the match.
The Wildcats took the last two matches as Gewert defeated Caruk 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1, and Garner took down Eric Braun 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 at No. 6.
The Wildcats fell to 6-10 overall, 2-3 in Big Sky play, while Montana improved to 6-6 overall and 5-1 in conference matches.
Montana 4, Weber State 3
Apr 6, 2013 at Missoula, Mont. (Peak Racquet Club)
1. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) def. CARUK, Mikolaj (UM) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. WARREN, Andrew (UM) def. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) 7-5, 6-1
3. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. FACEY, Michael (UM) 6-3, 6-1
4. VAUGHN, Ethan (UM) def. POITENA, Caio (WSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4
5. BRANZBURG, Semion (UM) def. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
6. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. BRAUN, Eric (UM) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
1. CARUK, Mikolaj/FACEY, Michael (UM) def. GOOD, Oliver/POITENA, Caio (WSU) 9-8 (7-4)
2. VAUGHN, Ethan/WARREN, Andrew (UM) def. FOUGHT, Todd/GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) 9-7
3. BLUM, Cody/DROST, Zach (UM) def. GARNER, Ryan/GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) 8-6
Weber State 6-10, 2-3 BSC
Montana 6-6, 5-1 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,4,5,1,6)