Lobos Fall on Neutral Ground to Grizzlies 5-2

March 1, 2013

BOZEMAN, MONT. – The Lobos look to be playing better on the court both mentally and physically as they faced Montana on neutral ground. Although Montana came out on top 5-2, the team is on a steep learning curve as they continue to grow as a team, both on and off the court.

The Lobos took to the court in pairs as they got ready to play some doubles.

At the number one spot, Michaela Bezdickova and Laura Richardson faced off against the partnership of Heather Davidson and Laurence Pelchat. The two battled it out in close contest but Montana got the edge over the Lobos as they won 8-6.

At number two doubles, Nikolina Grbac and Kristin Eggleston took on the duo of Maddy Murray and Sasha Carter to gain four games on the Grizzlies. It was not enough to secure a victory as the Lobos fell 8-4.

At the number three position, the team of Sarah Mahboob Khan and Michaela Oldani fell to Haley Driver and Precious Gbadamosi with a score of 8-2.

The Lobos kept their spirits and their heads high as they headed into singles to try and put UNM up on the board.

At the number one position, Bezdickova won her match against Davidson with a score of 6-3, 6-2 putting UNM at one for the dual match.

At the number two spot, Grbac faced Driver to fall with a score of 6-0, 6-1.

At number three singles, Eggleston took Pelchat to a first set tiebreak but could not quite clinch it as Montana got the first set. Pelchat kept her momentum going for her taking the match 7-6, 6-3.

At the number four spot, Khan won the first set 7-5 against Ashley Mackey. Mackey did not allow a repeat of that as she continued to take the second and third set with a score of 6-3, 6-3.

At the number five position, Richardson fell to Gbadamosi with a score of 6-2, 6-4.

At number six singles, Susanna Kuuttila defeated her opponent Murray dropping only four games to win 6-4, 6-0.

“I thought Montana came out and was a little hungrier and a little more aggressive and that was the difference,” Head Coach Erica Perkins Jasper said. “We have to do a better job as a coaching staff getting this team ready. I have a lot of confidence in this team--we care a lot, maybe sometimes even too much.”

“We've got to find a way to access the team that we are day in and day out in the weight room, in conditioning, and on the tennis courts. When we do that, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

The Lobos will continue playing in Montana as they face Montana State on March 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. MT.

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