PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Jeff Mullen wrapped up the Boise State men's tennis team's weekend at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday (Jan. 16), with a win in consolation singles play to even his record on the weekend at 1-1.
Mullen, who dropped his opening singles match of the tournament on Friday, rebounded this morning with a 1-6, 7-6 (0), 10-3 win over Alex Moreno of Pepperdine. The win marked the first of the season for Mullen, who played in just one tournament during the fall.
The win concludes a solid showing for the Broncos at the N.C.T.C., who were also represented by freshman Nathan Sereke. Sereke also finished 1-1 in singles on the weekend, while teaming up with Mullen to go 1-1 in doubles action.
Boise State will open its 2011 dual schedule on Monday (Jan. 17) when the Broncos take on a group of Boise State Alumni at 5:30 p.m. at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center. The men will then hit the road next weekend (Jan. 22-23) for a pair of duals against Pacific and Washington.
Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Alex Moreno (Pepperdine) 1-6, 7-6 (0), 10-3
Boise State Drops Two at N.C.T.C.
The Boise State men's tennis team went 0-2 on day two of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday (Jan. 15), as the Broncos dropped a singles and doubles match to fall from main draw competition.
Boise State freshman Nathan Sereke suffered the first singles loss of his collegiate career with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Marco Comuzzo of Cal Poly. Sereke, who joined the Broncos for the start of the spring semester, advanced in the tournament on Friday with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Kieren Thompson (Arizona).
Sereke later teamed up with sophomore Jeff Mullen to compete in doubles competition, where the Bronco duo would drop their second match of the weekend in heartbreaking fashion. After a first round win on Friday, Mullen and Sereke fell to Alfredo Moreno and Hugh Clark (Pepperdine), 9-8 (7-3), in the semifinals to end their run at a tournament doubles title.
Mullen has one consolation singles match remaining on Sunday, which will wrap up Boise State's weekend at the N.C.T.C.
Marco Comuzzo (Cal Poly) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
Alfredo Moreno/Hugh Clark (Pepperdine) def. Jeff Mullen/Sereke (BSU) 9-8 (7-3)
Broncos Complete Day One of N.C.T.C.
Boise State men's tennis players Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke officially kicked-off the 2011 schedule for the Broncos, Friday (Jan. 14), as the duo competed in both singles and doubles on day one of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Sereke, a freshman from Stockholm, Sweden (SAM Gymnasiet), earned the first win of his career at Boise State by beating Kieren Thompson of the University of Arizona, 6-4, 7-5, to open singles competition. Sereke recently joined the Broncos for the start of the spring semester.
Mullen would not fair quite so well in singles however, as he dropped his opening round match to Alex Brigham of UCLA, 6-2, 7-5. Friday marked just the third match this season for Mullen, who is coming off a solid freshman campaign at Boise State.
Mullen and Sereke did manage to end the first day of N.C.T.C. action on a high note as the pair teamed up to earn a win in doubles competition Friday afternoon. Mullen and Sereke beat Thompson and Andrew Vidaller (Arizona), 8-2, to close out the day.
Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU) 6-2, 7-5
Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Kieren Thompson (Arizona) 6-4, 7-5
Mullen/Sereke (BSU) def. Thompson/Andrew Vidaller (Arizona) 8-2