March 27, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Jack Heslin’s straight-set victory at No. 2 singles clinched the match for Boise State as the Broncos rolled past Eastern Washington Monday afternoon at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center. Boise State took the doubles point from EWU 2-0 to open the match, then followed with five wins in singles by Pedro Platzeck, Morgan Stone, Heslin, Ryland McDermott and Brian Tran, respectively.
The victory is the second straight for the Broncos who opened a six-match homestand with the win over the Eagles. Next up for the young Boise State squad during this home stretch of contests are UC Santa Barbara at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Pepperdine at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, both matches are schedule for the Appleton Tennis Center weather permitting.
“Gosh, win streaks are great!” said head coach Greg Patton. “This whole journey this year has been a little rocky, but it has been for a purpose and I see the guys getting better and the results starting to come. We just need to keep it going. We are going to be battling some monsters (UCSB and Pepperdine) later this week. But the most important thing is how strong and how good we are going to be when we play in conference and when the tournament comes to Boise in late April.”
The doubles point was tightly contested with the Broncos pulling it out 2-0 to claim the momentum. Kyle Butters and Ryland McDermott rallied from 4-3 down to win three straight games to beat EWU’s tandem of Scott Paz and Flavien Raveau 6-4 for the first win of the day.
With Boise State up one in doubles, Pedro Platzeck and Brian Tran recorded the point clinching victory when they defeated the Eagles’ Robert Dula and Victor Pereira 6-4 after leading their match the entire way at No. 1 doubles.
In singles the Broncos received and early boost. Platzeck was leading 6-3, 2-0 on court four when his opponent Flavien Raveau retired because of injury. The victory gave Boise State a quick 2-0 advantage in the match.
Stone pulled the Broncos to within one of victory when he dispatched Eastern Washington’s Wacil Bendjelti in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Stone is now 11-14 overall on the year.
EWU cut its deficit to 3-1 with a victory at No. 1 singles where Butters fell 6-2, 6-3. Butters moved to 10-13 on the year with the loss.
Jack Heslin clinched the team victory with a tough straight-set win at court two defeating Victor Pereira 7-6(4), 6-3. The sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, improved his team-best record to 16-10 overall and 9-7 in team duals.
Freshman Ryland McDermott followed up with a two-set victory on court six where he downed Ricardo Almeida 6-3, 7-6(3) to makes the team score 5-1 Broncos.
Brian Tran brought in the final point at No. 3 singles where he rallied from on set down to force it into a decisive third set. Tran defeated Scott Paz 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to make the final score 6-1 Broncos, while improving his singles mark to 12-9 overall and 9-8 in duals.
Eastern Washington (9-6) at Boise State (4-16)
March 27, 2017
Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
1. Platzeck/Tran (BSU) def. Pereira/Dula (EWU) 6-4
2. Butters/McDermott (BSU) def. Paz/Raveau (EWU) 6-4
3. Harvey Shackleton/Heslin (BSU) vs. Bendjelti/Almeida (EWU) 5-6 DNF
Order of finish: 2,1
1. Robert Dula (EWU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Jack Heslin (BSU) def. Victor Pereira (EWU) 7-6(4), 6-3
3. Brian Tran (BSU) def. Scott Paz (EWU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Flavien Raveau (EWU) 6-3, 2-0 retired
5. Morgan Stone (BSU) def. Wacil Bendjelti (EWU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Ryland McDermott (BSU) def. Ricardo Almeida (EWU) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Order of finish: 4,5,1,2,6,3