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Montana men's team makes history on tennis courts

Published On: Apr 27 2014 09:12:35 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 28 2014 09:54:27 PM MDT
Griz tennis Big Sky champs

For the first time in the University of Montana's history, the Grizzlies men's tennis team has captured a Big Sky Conference championship.

Montana cruised past the previously unbeaten Weber State Wildcats 4-0 Sunday afternoon. The Griz started the day off on the right note winning the doubles point over the Wildcats.

Ethan Vaughn and sophomore Semion Branzburg were in a battle at No. 1, down 7-6, about to enter a tiebreaker, when seniors Andrew Warren and Eric Braun clinched the doubles point with a 8-6 decision at No. 3.

Moving to singles play UM kept the momentum rolling in the right direction. The Griz won the first set in every match, with the exception of No. 1 singles, which was tied in the first set 6-6 when the duel ended.

The Griz have earned the right to keep playing, and will do so on a roll, as UM has won seven of its last eight matches. With the championship victory Sunday afternoon Montana earned the Big Sky's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

The Grizzlies will find out who and where they play during the selection show, which will be streamed on NCAA.com Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The first-round matches will be played Friday or Saturday, May 9th or 10th.