|Vandals outworked by Montana|
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Idaho women's tennis team ran into a relentless Montana squad Sunday, and couldn't match the Grizzlies' intensity, as Montana pulled out a 4-3 in Pullman, Wash.
"Montana fought for every point and we just didn't show the same fight," Idaho coach Tyler Neill said. "We had our opportunities but we weren't able to play consistent enough to win. We also weren't as mentally tough as we needed to be."
Montana took the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches to win the doubles point, and then won at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles to clinch the victory.
Vicky Lozano won 6-1; 6-1 at No. 2 singles for the Vandals, while Barbara Maciocha won 7-6; 6-2 at No. 4 and Yvetee Ly won 6-0; 6-0 at No. 6. Maciocha trailed 5-0 in the first set tiebreak before rattling off seven straight points to win the set.
"Overall as a team, we really didn't compete well," Neill said. "Yvette and Vicky played really well in singles. They controlled their matches throughout and never let up. Basia (Barbara) fought really hard. She wasn't playing her best, but she found a way to pull it out, which is always good to see."
The Vandals fall to 4-3 on the season with the loss.
Idaho will have a little time off from competition before returning to action March 11 against University of Texas Pan-American in El Paso, Texas.
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