Kyle Butters played three tiebreakers in the win.
March 23, 2016
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Boise State men's tennis rallied from 3-0 down to upset the 51st-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on the road Wednesday afternoon. The match was a battle from the beginning with a total of eight tiebreakers played before the contest was decided.
Trailing 3-0 to UCSB the Broncos were forced to win the final four singles matches to claim the victory. It started with Toby Mitchell on court three followed by wins from Brian Foley, Thomas Tenreiro and Kyle Butters, respectively. Butters' win was a classic going to tiebreakers in all three sets before he claimed the decisive victory. The win moves Boise State to 10-8 overall on the year with a match at No. 73 Cal Poly on Saturday.
"You know we aren't always pretty, but my guys have hearts of warriors and always fight win or lose," said coach Greg Patton. "Once again we found ourselves in a hole and came fighting back to pull out the win on the final match. I love these guys and the culture they are developing putting it all out on the court for their team."
Boise State lost the doubles point falling on courts three and one. Lewis Roskilly and Tenriero pulled the Broncos even when they won a tiebreaker 7-6 (5) over UCSB's Nicolas Moreno and Anders Holm on court two. The team point went to the Gauchos when their 34th-ranked tandem of Nathan Eshmade and Miles Seemann held off Mitchell and Butters 7-5 at No. 1 doubles.
After dropping the first two singles matches the Broncos were in a big hole down 3-0 on the road. Once again the blue and orange battled back rallying with four straight wins to close the match with a victory.
It began when Mitchell rallied from one set down to win No. 3 singles over Morgan Mays 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. The win improved the senior from England to 10-13 overall on the year
Foley brought in the second Bronco victory of the day when he won a tough contest at No. 1 singles in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-4 over Eshmade. The victory moves the senior from Henderson, Nev., to 10-9 overall in singles this year.
Senior Thomas Tenreiro pulled Boise State even when he downed UCSB's Nicolas Moreno in a hard fought two sets. Tenreiro was forced to win two tiebreakers to claim the win as he beat Morena 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6). The Bronco senior is now 10-1 on the year and 4-0 in spring duals.
The decisive match was on court four where Boise State freshman Kyle Butters was in the battle of the year. The match saw all three sets decided by tiebreakers with Butters coming out on top in the final two as he rallied from one down for the win 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) over Anders Holm. His win completed the rally handing the Broncos the upset over coach Patton's alma mater UCSB. Butters improved to 14-10 overall in singles and 9-7 in spring duals.
Boise State (10-8) at No. 51 UC Santa Barbara (9-5)
March 23, 2016 at Santa Barbara, Calif.
Boise State def. UC Santa Barbara 4-3
1. #34 Nathan Eshmade/Miles Seemann (UCSB) def. Toby Mitchell/Kyle Butters (BSU) 7-5
2. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Nicolas Moreno/Anders Holm (UCSB) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Morgan Mays/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) def. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. Brian Foley (BSU) def. Nathan Eshmade (UCSB) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Nicolas Moreno (UCSB) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6)
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Morgan Mays (UCSB) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Anders Holm (UCSB) 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
5. Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Oliver Sec (UCSB) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 7-6 (6-4), 6-4
Order of finish: 5,6,3,1,2,4