GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 match to Montana in Big Sky action on Friday afternoon.
"Ryan Lane and Jeff Carlson continue to play high level doubles," said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Bearman. "Now, we just need to learn to finish teams off. The only way you do that is to execute in matches, when there is pressure and the other guy is pushing back.
"It's not an easy thing to do at this level but we are capable, we just need to get it done in close matches so we have that confidence moving forward. "
Lane, a sophomore, had perhaps the most competitive day of all the Bears, as he lost close matches in both singles and doubles play. In singles, Lane fell to Carl Kuschke in straight-sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 after forcing a first set tie-breaker.
In doubles action, Lane and Carlson found themselves on the court together once again, but could not manage to topple the Grizzly combination of Kuschke and Josh Smith as the pair of Bears lost 8-6.
With the loss, Northern Colorado slips to 2-12 overall, with an 0-6 record in Big Sky play. The Grizzlies improve to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Sky competition.
Although they took another loss, the Bears did show signs of improvement, as no player won fewer than two games in a set.
Next up for Northern Colorado is a trip to Flagstaff, Ariz. on April 2 to take on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.