FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Montana men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Big Sky Conference foe Northern Arizona at altitude Friday, with the Lumberjacks stemming a late Grizzly comeback.

It was the second league loss of the season for UM, now sitting at 3-2 in Big Sky play (6-5 overall). The Grizzlies plummeted from second to sixth in the league standings.

Securing the only win for the Griz was sophomore No. 6 Ludvig Hallgren, who defeated Adi Zilberstein in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (2), to pick up his fifth victory in six singles matches.

Montana fell behind early when Alexander Canellopoulos and Hallgren lost 6-3 in the No. 3 doubles match. Teammate Yannick Schmidl continued his sterling doubles play, picking up a 6-2 win at No. 2 with Max Korkh. With the point on the line, seniors Ignacio Tejerina and Victor Casadevall dropped a close 6-4 decision.

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Casadevall, who has been battling tendonitis in his knee, lost in straight sets at No. 2 singles. Hallgren's win put the Griz on the board and within striking distance before Schmidl dropped a close 6-3, 6-4 match with last year's Big Sky MVP Tim Handel to put UM down 1-3.

At Nos. 3 and 4, Montana was scrapping neck-and-neck with NAU, as Canellopoulos and Tejerina each dropped 7-5, 7-5 decisions that would have tied the match. Instead NAU clinched the team win.

The Griz will play at Southern Utah on Saturday at 10 a.m., needing a win to remain in the running for a trip to the Big Sky tourney.

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