Boise State Falls in Heartbreaker
April 21, 2018

Box Score

BOISE, Idaho  - It was a classic collegiate men’s tennis match Saturday night in the regular season finale at the Appleton Tennis Center between two instate-rivals that saw Boise State lose in heartbreaking fashion as Idaho rallied for a 4-3 win. 

Trailing 2-0, Boise State came back to take a 3-2 lead with wins from Maximilien Blancaneaux at No. 6 singles, Kyle Butters on court two and Wyatt DeMulling at the fourth position, respectively.

That left No. 3 and 5 singles to decide the match with both going three sets. Idaho tied the contest up at 3-3 when Esteban Santibanez of Idaho won 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 on court five.

Boise State’s Matteo Tinelli was trailing 3-1 in the third set on court three when he rallied to go up 5-4 over Idaho’s Carlos Longhi Neto. Unfortunately, Tinelli could not hold on as the Vandal rallied winning three straight to take the match 2-6, 7-6(1), 7-5, handing the team victory to Idaho.

The night began with Idaho winning the doubles point 2-0 recording victories at the No. 3 and 1 positions, respectively.

Up one heading into singles, Idaho extended its lead to 2-0 with a win at the No. 1 position.

Boise State then started a rally of its own taking three straight singles matches on courts six, two and four. Maximilien Blancaneaux began the comeback with a two-set win at No. 6 singles beating Idaho’s Kooper Crow 6-1, 6-4.

Kyle Butters trailed 4-1 at No. 2 singles in the first set before rallying to take the match 6-4, 6-4 over Felipe Fonseca to tie the team score at 2-2.

DeMulling provided the third win for Boise State on court four when he downed the Vandals’ Guilherme Scarpelli in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. That put the Broncos up 3-2 setting the final two matches that were won by Idaho.

Boise State will be back in action this coming week when it travels to San Diego, Calif., for the Mountain West Conference Championship.    

  

Match Results
Idaho (13-7) at Boise State (9-18)
April 21, 2018 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center) 

Idaho 4, Boise State 3

Doubles

  1. Longhi Neto,Carlos/Kovacs,Mark (UI) def. Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-2
  2. Stefan Lalovic/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) vs. Coutinho,Lucas/Santibanez,Esteban (UI) 4-3, unfinished
  3. Crow, Kooper/Fonseca,Felipe (UI) def. Mattia Bedolo/Wyatt DeMulling (BSU) 6-2
    Order of finish: 3,1

Singles

  1. Kovacs,Mark (UI) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4, 6-2
  2. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Fonseca,Felipe (UI) 6-4, 6-4
  3. Longhi Neto,Carlos (UI) def. Matteo Tinelli (BSU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
  4. Wyatt DeMulling (BSU) def. Scarpelli,Guilherme (UI) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
  5. Santibanez,Esteban (UI) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
  6. Max Blancaneaux (BSU) def. Coutinho,Lucas (UI) 6-1, 6-4
    Order of finish: 1,6,2,4,5,3

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