Grizzlies Top Thunderbirds in Big Sky Matchup
By SUU Strategic Communication
MISSOULA, Mont. -- The Southern Utah University men’s tennis team played the University of Montana Grizzlies Friday afternoon on the road in Montana. The match ended in a 7-0 loss for the Thunderbirds.
In doubles competition the Grizzlies took the first match 6-2. The Thunderbirds’ team of freshmen Connor Tordoff and Cedric Rupa responded by defeating Grizzlies’ Yannick Schmidl and Ignacio Tejerina 6-4. The final match for the doubles point was a tight one, with Grizzlies’ Victor Casadevall and Alex Canellopoulos eventually taking the match 7-6 to win the point over Thunderbirds’ freshmen Guy Feigin and Micah Alba.
From there the Grizzlies took all six matches in the singles competition to sweep the Thunderbirds and win the Big Sky Conference match.
SUU head coach Sadhaf Pucher was optimistic about the team’s showing in the doubles competition.
“The doubles point was the highlight of our day today,” Pucher said. “We had the opportunity to serve for the point at 5-4 on court three. To put ourselves in the position to win the doubles point against one of the top five teams in our conference shows we have a discipline concept in our doubles. They are at another level when we went to singles; hats off to them there.”
Next Up for the T-Birds
The Thunderbirds will play again in Montana on Saturday, March 4, against the Montana State Bobcats at 9 a.m.
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1. SCHMIDL, Yannick (UM) def. TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) 6-1, 6-4
2. CASADEVALL, Victor (UM) def. ALBA, Micah (SUU) 6-1, 6-1
3. MIMNAGH-FLEMING, P. (UM) def. FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) 6-4, 7-6
4. KORKH, Max (UM) def. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) 6-1, 6-0
5. CANELLOPOULOS, Alex (UM) def. PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) 7-6, 6-4
6. TEJERINA, Ignacio (UM) def. RUPA, Cedric (SUU) 6-2, 7-5
1. MIMNAGH-FLEMING, P./KORKH, Max (UM) def. PALACIO, Sergio/ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) 6-2
2. TORDOFF, Conor/RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. SCHMIDL, Yannick/TEJERINA, Ignacio (UM) 6-4
3. CASADEVALL, Victor/CANELLOPOULOS, Alex (UM) def. FEIGIN, Guy/ALBA, Micah (SUU) 7-6
Southern Utah 2-7, 0-3 BSC
Montana 5-2, 2-1 BSC
Doubles order of finish: 1, 2, 3
Singles order of finish: 2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5Official: Schwartz A-30