On the team are six of about 420 international students at the university. That’s more than half of the squad’s 11 players hailing from countries around the globe, including Poland, South Africa, Brazil, Germany and Canada. Only two of those 11 are native Montanans.
Imported talent is often a quick fix for holes in a tennis program. International recruitment can be a solution both for filling roster spots with up-to-par skill and dealing with teams’ budget hardships. The help is out there, said Jim O’Day, athletic director at the University of Montana, you just have to be willing to search for it.