May 1, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State’s Mountain West titled defense came up short as UNLV edged the Broncos 4-3 for the championship Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. Boise State lost the doubles point and was forced to battle from behind the entire match.
The Broncos tied it twice with the last time coming at 3-3 when senior Thomas Tenreiro rallied to win his contest in three sets. Unfortunately, that was not enough as the Rebels held off Boise State with a three-set victory at No. 6 singles to claim the championship.
On the day Boise State recorded a doubles win from Brian Foley and Pedro Platzeck, along with singles victories from Toby Mitchell at No. 3, Kyle Butters at No. 4 and Tenreiro at No. 2. The loss drops Boise State to 20-10 overall and snapped the Broncos’ string of four-consecutive MW titles. The 59th-ranked Broncos are now in a wait and see situation to find out if they will receive an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament in two weeks.
In a match that was expected to go down to the wire, Boise State lost a key point when the home-standing Rebels took the team doubles point with a 6-4 win on court one and a 6-3 victory at the No. 2 position.
Down one, Boise State had to win four of the six singles matches to take the championship. Singles did not open as the Broncos had hoped as UNLV won on court one in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to go up two at 2-0.
Boise State battled back taking the next two contests to tie the score at 2-2. Toby Mitchell rallied from 3-0 down in set one to win the first frame with a dominating tiebreaker 7-6 (0), that seemed to have sucked the wind out of UNLV’s Ruben Alberts. Mitchell then put the Rebel away with a 6-3 set two win at No. 3 singles to cut UNLV’s lead to 2-1. The senior from England extended his win streak to nine as he improved to 19-14 on the year.
Kyle Butters tied the match when he downed Evaldo Neto in two sets 6-3, 7-5 on court four. The freshman from New Zealand has now won a team-best 15 straight, all at No. 4 singles, to move to 25-10 overall.
The next point went to UNLV when Adam Gage-Brown won in two sets 7-6 (2), 6-2 at No. 5 singles to give the Rebels a 3-2 advantage.
Tenreiro brought the Broncos even once more when he rallied from a set down to defeat the Rebels’ Alexandr Cozbinov in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The win was the senior’s seventh consecutive as his record went to 21-3 on the year.
The decisive match was No. 6 singles where it went to three sets before UNLV’s Richard Solberg held off a Lewis Roskilly rally attempt in the third set to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to clinch the championship for the Rebels.
Mountain West Conference Championship Match
No. 59 Boise State (20-10) at UNLV (15-9)
May 1, 2016 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
UNLV def. Boise State 4-3
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-4
2. Adam Gage-Brown/Evaldo Neto (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3
3. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 7-6 (0), 6-3
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 7-6 (2), 6-2
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Order of finish: 1,3,4,5,2,6