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Carter secures wins for Grizzlies
MISSOULA, Mont. - Sasha Carter of Bainbridge Island earned Player of the Week honors from the Big Sky Conference after she won three singles matches over a weekend for the University of Montana, including a duel-sealing match win at Northern Arizona.
Carter came back from a 5-2 deficit to win 7-5 in the third set, giving the Grizzlies the 4-3 victory.
Head coach Steve Ascher says the comeback win at Flagstaff was a rare, magnificent moment.
“There isn’t too many of those special moments every year,” Ascher said. “I think because of the enormity of the match, she was in a position to win the award.”
The Bainbridge native has won five straight singles matches, including a straight set win against Dixie State, and three set wins against Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
In doubles, Carter and Laurence Pelchat went 3-0, winning 8-2 against Dixie State, 8-6 vs. Southern Utah, and 8-3 against the Lumberjacks of NAU.
The victories helped UM improve to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in conference.
“It was a special weekend,” Ascher said. “It was a ton of travel. We flew in Las Vegas and navigated through three states. And it’s very difficult to beat teams 7-0, and we went and just did a really great job.”