Broncos Lose Heartbreaker at UC Irvine
March 19, 2017

Box Score

IRVINE, Calif.  - Boise State’s men’s tennis team fell in heartbreaking fashion Sunday afternoon at UC Irvine by a 4-3 score. Boise State rallied from one down after dropping the team doubles point to take a 3-2 lead over the Anteaters behind singles victories from Brian Tran, Morgan Stone and Kyle Butters.

Unfortunately, UCI came back claiming the final two singles matches to edge the Broncos 4-3. Boise State falls to 2-16 on the season with a Mountain West Conference match next on the schedule for Tuesday at UNLV.

The Anteaters opened the day by taking the team doubles point 2-0 with wins on courts two and three. The Broncos 75th-ranked doubles team of Butters and Jack Heslin were leading 4-3 in their No. 1 singles contest when it was abandoned with the clinching of the team point.

Tran, a freshman from Australia, brought the blue and orange back with a dominating straight-set victory 6-0, 6-1 over UCI’s Luis Lopez at No. 3 singles.

After UCI had regained its lead 2-1 with a victory over the Broncos Pedro Platzeck on court four, the Broncos’ Morgan Stone pulled Boise State even once more. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga., swept Bruce Man-Son-Hing 6-4, 6-0.

Boise State took a 3-2 lead when Kyle Butters’ opponent was forced to retire. Butters had rallied from a set down to force the match into a third when Sebastian Heim stopped. At the time of the retirement Butters was up 2-6, 6-1, 1-0.

The Anteaters rallied to claim the team victory with wins on courts two and six. At No. 2 singles the Broncos’ Heslin fought hard but fell 6-3, 7-5. Greg Wischer lost a tightly contested three set affair winning the first set only to fall 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to Vatsal Bajpai on court six.

Match Summary
Boise State (2-16) at UC Irvine (6-10)
Mar 19, 2017 at Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Tennis Stadium)

UC Irvine def. Boise State 4-3

Doubles competition
1. Sebastian Heim/Luis Lopez (UCI-M) vs. #75 Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 3-4, unfinished
2. Mason Hansen/Luca Marquard (UCI-M) def. Pedro Platzeck/Greg Wischer (BSU) 6-1
3. Vatsal Bajpai/Bruce Man-Son-Hing (UCI-M) def. Ryland McDermott/Brian Tran (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3

Singles competition
1. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. #113 Sebastian Heim (UCI-M) 2-6, 6-1, 1-0, retired
2. Luca Marquard (UCI-M) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Brian Tran (BSU) def. Luis Lopez (UCI-M) 6-0, 6-1
4. Mason Hansen (UCI-M) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Morgan Stone (BSU) def. Bruce Man-Son-Hing (UCI-M) 6-4, 6-0
6. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI-M) def. Greg Wischer (BSU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 3,4,5,1,2,6

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