The Montana women’s tennis team returns to action this weekend, heading to Boise for the annual Barb Chandler Classic in Boise State.
A staple on the Grizzlies’ fall tournament schedule, the Barb Chandler Classic starts Friday at the Appleton Tennis Center and runs through Sunday.
The Griz is one of seven teams competing this weekend on a field that represents some of the best shows in the Northwest, with some familiar faces making the trip to Boise. Set to compete are Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Utah and Weber State joining host Broncos.
The Barb Chandler marks Montana’s second tournament of the fall season, after the Griz took a youth team to Pocatello for the Idaho State Invitational in early September.
Montana launches a more experienced lineup this week led by veterans Lauren Dunlap, Maria Goheen and Olivia Oosterbaan. All-Big Sky sophomore Grace Haugen will tie them up, as will real rookies Shivika Agrawal and Hailey Murphy, who impressed at the season opener at Pocatello.
“We were happy with the way we not only competed last week, and obviously we’re still learning, but we want to go out and go after those games,” said coach Steve Ascher. “With the work we’ve done over the summer, I think we’re ready in terms of fitness and we have the physique, so we want to push as hard as we can, keep learning and growing. regional.”
The format of this year’s Barb Chandler Classic is a mini-dual tournament. Each school will divide its team into pairs that will compete against another pair. Each match will consist of a doubles match followed by two singles matches. The pair that wins two of the three matches advances to the next round. The first flight (Blue) and the middle flight (Orange) will each consist of eight pairs, while a third flight (White) will consist of six.
Montana will play one more tune up ahead of the fall premiere event at the Eastern Washington Invite next weekend. The Griz then takes his senior team to the ITA Mountain Regional, October 12-15 in Las Vegas.
—UM sports information