Butters and Heslin Reach Semifinals
Oct. 21, 2016

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State’s Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin continued their drive for a berth into the ITA Indoor National Championship by sweeping a pair of doubles matches Friday to reach the ITA Mountain Region semifinals on Saturday. The Broncos’ Kiwi Konnection of Butters and Heslin need just two more wins to make next month’s national championships in New York.

The Boise State tandem opened Friday with a 8-4 victory over BYU’s Aidan Carrazedo and Sam Tullis in the round of 16. Then later in the afternoon they put away the top-seeded team at the regional in New Mexico’s 15th-ranked duo of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen by an 8-5 score to advance to the semis.

“I am so excited for Kyle and Jack for reaching the semis,” head coach Greg Patton said. “They have played very well together and now they are just two wins from nationals. We have had some really good doubles teams come close to winning the regional in the past and these guys are just as good. They just have to keep talking, working together and carry the momentum from knocking off the 15th-ranked doubles team in the nation in the quarterfinals.”

The Kiwi Konnection will take its 5-1 doubles record this fall into Saturday’s match against Luis Flores and Christofer Goncalves from New Mexico State at 10 a.m. (Mountain).

Freshman Ryland McDermott swept a pair of consolation singles matches on Friday. The Las Vegas native opened with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 1-0 (10-5) win over Utah’s Azat Hankuliyev. McDermott followed that up with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 victory against UNLV’s Ruben Alberts in the afternoon. The lone Bronco remaining in singles will now face Weber State’s Kris Van Wyk on Saturday for a berth into the consolation round of 16.

Morgan Stone played two singles matches Friday winning the first 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6) against Montana’s Peter Mimnagh-Fleming. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga., then fell to Denver’s Yannick James 7-5, 6-3.

Jack Heslin played one consolation match Friday defeating Nevada’s Julien Evrard in two sets 6-4, 6-2. He will not play another singles match as he focuses on his and Butters’ run in the doubles draw.

ITA Mountain Regional
Las Vegas, Nev.
Oct. 21, 2016

Consolation Draw
3Q. Ryland McDermott (BSU) def. Azat Hankuliyev (Utah) 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-5
R3. Ryland McDermott (BSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 6-1, 6-1

3Q. Morgan Stone (BSU) def. Peter Mimnagh-Fleming (Montana) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6)
R3. Yannick James (Denver) def. Morgan Stone (BSU) 7-5, 6-3

R3. Jack Heslin (BSU) def. Julien Evrard (NEV) 6-4, 6-2

Main Draw
R16. Butters/Heslin (BSU) def. Aidan Carrazedo/Sam Tullis (BYU) 8-4
QF. Butters/Heslin (BSU) def. No. 15 Hayden Sabatka/Bart Van Leijsen (UNM) 8-5

Consolation Draw
R2. Platzeck/Wischer (BSU) def. Felipe Fonseca/Guilherme Scarpelli (Idaho) 8-5
3Q. Austin Bass/Daniel Echeverry (USU) def. Platzeck/Wischer (BSU) 8-6

R2. Tom Fisher/Tim Handel (NAU) def. McDermott/Stone (BSU) 8-2

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