April 29, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Thomas Tenreiro's straight-set victory at No. 2 singles clinched Boise State's 4-1 Mountain West quarterfinal win over the Nevada Wolf Pack Friday afternoon at Las Vegas. Boise State opened by taking the team doubles point 2-1, then closed the win out with singles victories by Kyle Butters, Toby Mitchell and Tenreiro, in order.
The win improves Boise State to 19-9 overall and advances the second-seeded Broncos into Saturday's first semifinal match at 4 p.m. (Mountain) against the third-seeded San Diego State Aztecs (11-13). Boise State will be looking for its 17th 20-win season since the 1986-87 campaign and the 13th under coach Greg Patton when the Broncos face the Aztecs.
"Well when you get to this time of the year it is all about using the survival skills that you learned earlier," said coach Greg Patton. "So far we are still alive, but we had to apply those skills today here in Las Vegas against a good Nevada team that had beaten us in Boise earlier. I think the main thing right now is that we are playing really good tennis, but what matters most is how we react emotionally. Today will we were emotionally sound and played confident against a good team.
"We are just so thrilled to still be alive in this tournament. Now we play San Diego State tomorrow who on paper, in a lot of ways, is probably the best team in the conference," commented Patton.
Momentum went Nevada's way early on as the Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead in doubles with a 6-4 victory at No. 3 doubles. The lead was short lived as Butters and Mitchell brought the Broncos even moments later with their 6-4 win over Robert Allan and Andrew Poustie on court one. The All-MW doubles team from Boise State improved to 17-8 on the year with the victory.
The team doubles point was clinched for the blue and orange with Lewis Roskilly's and Tenreiro's 7-5 win on court two over the Wolf Pack's tandem of Mile Cilic and Robert Margitfalvi. Roskilly and Tenreiro have now won five straight and improved to 11-6 on the year.
Butters, the MW Freshman of the Year, brought in the first Boise State singles victory when he easily put away his opponent at No. 4 singles with a straight set 6-1, 6-3 victory over Allan. The win extends his team-best win streak to 13 while improving to 23-10 overall.
"What we have that some other teams don't is a calming influence on our team which is Kyle Butters," Patton said. "When he's playing really well, and he's not that demonstrative, but when he lets out a hoot and a holler he has that effect on the team like everything is right in the world. There is a reason he is the Mountain West Freshman of the Year."
Mitchell made it 3-0 Boise State when he downed Nevada's Cilic 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. The Bronco senior rallied from 4-2 down in set one to win the frame and eventually the match. Mitchell's win streak grew to seven straight as he moved to 17-14 on the year.
After Nevada pulled one point back with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court one, Boise State's Tenreiro put the contest away with a win at No. 2 singles. The senior from Miami, Fla., rallied from a break point down at 4-3 in set one to win the frame in a tiebreak 7-6 (5), 6-2. Tenreiro increased his win streak to five as he moved to an impressive 19-3 on the year.
The final two matches were abandoned once the team victory was decided with Tenreiro's win. Pedro Platzeck had rallied from 5-2 down in set one to win it in a tiebreaker and was up 7-6(2), 2-6, 3-2 on court five when play was stopped. Roskilly was leading 6-4, 5-6 at No. 6 singles when play was halted.
Mountain West Quarterfinals
Nevada (6-15) vs. No. 59 Boise State (18-9)
April 29, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nev. (UNLV Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Boise State def. Nevada
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) def. Allan/Poustie (UN) 6-4
2. Roskilly/Tenreiro (BSU) def. Cilic/Margitfalvi (UN) 7-5
3. Andrada/Breust (UN) def. Foley/Platzeck (BSU) 6-4
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. Ryan Andrada (UN) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Andrew Poustie (UN) 7-6(5), 6-2
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Mile Cilic (UN) 6-4, 6-4
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Robert Allan (UN) 6-1, 6-3
5. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) vs. Robert Margitfalvi (UN) 7-6(2), 2-6, 3-2
6. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) vs. Aaron Breust (UN) 6-4, 5-6
Order of finish: 4,3,1,2
No. 2 Boise State vs. No. 7 Nevada