Boise State Splits at Gopher Invitational
Nov. 3, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Boise State men’s tennis split two matches on the opening day of the University of Minnesota’s Gopher Invitational at Minneapolis. This tournament is being played in a unique doubles team format where each pair faces another duo in a draw. The overall match between the two teams is a best-of-three as they play one doubles contest followed by two singles.  

The tandem of Stefan Lalovic and Pedro Platzeck won their match Friday against Denver’s team of Ignatius Castelino and Wyatt Lovera 2-1 in the Gold Draw. The Bronco pair dominated the doubles contest 6-1, then split the two singles matches.

Platzeck fell in a tightly contested battle to Castelino 6-4, 7-5. Lalovic recorded the decisive team point when he won an exciting match culminating with a 10-point tiebreaker to decide the third set. The freshman from Las Vegas took the opening set, only to watch Lovera tie the match with a win in the second. Lalovic then claimed the tiebreaker in extra points to secure the victory for Boise State 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(11-9).

The team of Butters and Heslin did not fare as well in the Maroon Draw where they lost 3-0 to Minnesota’s Josip Krstanovic and Eli Ogilvy. The doubles match was tight throughout with the Gophers edging the Broncos in a tiebreak 7-6(5).

Singles saw Heslin fall to Ogilvy in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Unfortunately for Boise State, Butters was forced to withdraw from the tournament for precautionary reasons following an injury. Butters was tied 2-2 in set one with Krstanovic when he retired.

Lalovic and Platzeck will continue play on Saturday against Notre Dame’s Paul Gota and Nathan Griffin at 9:30 p.m. (MT). Heslin and Butters will not compete as a team again, however, Heslin will continue to play his scheduled singles matches in the tournament.    


Maroon Draw Results
Final: Josip Krstanovic/Eli Ogilvy (UM) def. Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 3-0

  • Doubles: Kosip Krstanovic/Eli Ogilvy (UM) def. Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 7-6(5)
  • Singles: Josip Krstanovic (UM) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 2-2, ret. (injury)
  • Singles: Eli Ogilvy (UM) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4, 6-3

Gold Draw Results
Final: Stefan Lalovic/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Ignatius Castelino/Wyatt Lovera (DU) 2-1

  • Doubles: Stefan Lalovic/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Ignatius Castelino/Wyatt Lovera (DU) 6-1
  • Singles: Stefan Lalovic (BSU) def. Wyatt Lovera (DU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
  • Singles: Ignatius Castelino (DU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-4, 7-5

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