Broncos Upset Bid Comes Up Short at BYU
Feb. 3, 2018

Box Score

PROVO, Utah -- Ryland McDermott's win at No. 6 singles brought Boise State even at BYU only to see the Cougars claim the final match in a hard fought three-set battle to defeat the Broncos 4-3 Saturday afternoon.

Boise State claimed the doubles point and recorded singles victories by McDermott and Wyatt DeMulling but came up short in the end as the Broncos moved to 1-3 overall with the loss.

"I'm so proud of this team, they left everything out there today," said head coach Greg Patton. "It was an awesome match the entire team sacrificed their bodies to the glorify their souls. We are the walking wounded who fought to the last breath and nearly knocked off BYU."

The Broncos collected doubles wins on court three by DeMulling and Stefan Lalovic 6-3 over BYU's Matt Pearce and David Ball, as well as the point clinching win on court two where Ryland McDermott and Matteo Tinelli defeated John Pearce and Ben Gajardo 6-4.

BYU rallied taking the first three singles matches completed to go up 3-1 on the blue and orange. DeMulling brought the Broncos within one when he rallied from one set down to take his match in three 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 over BYU's John Pearce at No. 3 singles.

McDermott tied the match at 3-3 when he downed Matt Pearce in straight sets to take No. 6 singles 6-3, 7-5.

That meant the match came down to No. 5 singles where Kyle Butters saw his first action since early November. He lost the opening set, then rallied to take the second forcing it into a decisive third. It was a battle to the end but the Cougars' Ben Gajardo came back to take the match 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to hand the victory to BYU.  

Boise State will be back in action Sunday when they open Mountain West Conference play at Utah State at 1 p.m.


Boise State (1-3) at BYU (6-0)
Feb. 3, 2018 at Provo, Utah 

BYU def. Boise Sate 4-3


1. Hill/Hsu (BYU) def. Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4
2. Tinelli/McDermott (BSU) def. John Pearce/Gajardo (BYU) 6-4
3. DeMulling/Lalovic (BSU) def. Matt Pearce/David Ball (BYU) 6-3 

Order of finish: 3,1,2


1. Sean Hill (BYU) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Jeff Hsu (BYU) def. Matteo Tinelli (BSU) 7-5, 7-5
3. Wyatt DeMulling (BSU) def. John Pearce (BYU) 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
4. Sam Tullis (BYU) def. Stefan Lalovic (BSU) 6-3, 7-6(4)
5. Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
6. Ryland McDermott (BSU) def. Matt Pearce (BYU) 6-3, 7-5

Order of finish: 1,4,2,3,6,5

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