April 8, 2016
BOISE, Idaho – Toby Mitchell won in three sets Friday night to hand Boise State its fifth straight victory as the Broncos beat Fresno State 4-2 in a Mountain West men’s tennis match at the Appleton Tennis Center. With Fresno State pulling to within one point at 3-2, Mitchell put the match away when he defeated the Bulldogs’ Euan McIntosh 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 on court three.
Boise State began the night winning the doubles point, then followed with singles victories by Kyle Butters at No. 4, Thomas Tenreiro at No. 2 and Mitchell’s clincher at No. 3 singles.
“This was a typical Boise State thriller,” said coach Greg Patton. “Our guys are getting stronger and stronger, and competing really hard. The first thing that has really gotten better is doubles, we were phenomenal today in doubles, that is an area we have really been struggling in lately. We are starting to feel good and confident when we are out on the court now, it shows with each match we play. You know that whenever you come to one of our tennis movies it is always going to be exciting and that it always turns on a shot here or there.”
The win is the fifth straight for the Broncos and their seventh in the last eight. The win also came in the first contest of a six-match homestand for the Broncos to close the regular season and kept Boise State undefeated at home in 2016 moving to 6-0. Next up is a match at 2 p.m. Sunday against Nevada at the Appleton Tennis Center.
The Broncos opened by claiming the team doubles point with victories on courts two and three. Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro turned in the first win at No. 2 doubles with a 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs’ Youseff Hassan and Nikolas Papic.
Brian Foley and Abe Hewko followed up with a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point for the blue and orange.
Butters was impressive in his singles match putting away Fresno State’s Patrik Pech in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. He trailed 4-3 in the second set and rallied to win it with three straight wins. The freshman from New Zealand has now won eight consecutive matches and is 18-10 overall on the year.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 2-1 when they took No. 6 singles following Hewko’s 6-2, 6-4 loss to Jeremy Moser.
Not long after, Tenreiro put Boise State back up by two when he dispatched the Bulldogs’ Mantas Bugailiskis in two sets 6-2, 6-4 on court two. Tenreiro improved to 7-1 in singles during duals and a team-best 14-2 overall on the year.
Foley battled hard at No. 1 singles but came up on the short end of a 7-5, 7-6 (5) score to Nikolas Papic as Fresno State rallied again pulling to within one at 3-2.
That set up Mitchell’s team victory clinching win on court three. It is the senior’s third-straight win and his third consecutive match clincher for the Broncos. He is now 13-14 overall in singles on the year.
Boise State freshman Pedro Platzeck had a chance to win the match before Foley’s contest was over at No. 1 singles. But the freshman from Brazil lost a tiebreaker in the second set that sent his match into a third set. His contest at No. 5 singles was stopped at 6-4, 6-7(7), 1-5 once the team victory was clinched.
Fresno State (8-13, 0-3 MW) at No. 64 Boise State (14-8, 3-1 MW)
April 8, 2016 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
Boise State def. Fresno State 4-2
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) vs. McIntosh/Bugailiskis (FS) 5-2 DNF
2. Roskilly/Tenreiro (BSU) def. Hassan/Papic (FS) 6-3
3. Hewko/Foley (BSU) def. Moser/Pech (FS) 6-2
Order of finish: 2,3
1. Nikolas Papic (FS) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Mantas Bugailiskis (FS) 6-2, 6-4
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Euan McIntosh (FS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Patrik Pech (FS) 6-1, 6-4
5. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) vs. Youssef Hassan (FS) 6-4, 6-7 (7), 1-5 DNF
6. Jeremy Moser (FS) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 4,6,2,1,3