BOISE, Idaho - Boise State head men's tennis coach couldn't have asked for a more dramatic end to earn his 300th win at Boise State University. The No. 22 Broncos were able to sneak past Oregon in the final singles match of the night, handing Patton his milestone victory.
After hitting a 3-3 tie after the doubles matches and five singles matches had completed, the Broncos' win came down to the No. 4 singles match, played by sophomore Cristian Hodel. Playing from behind, Hodel had split the first two sets of the match with Oregon's Ric Mortera, 4-6, 6-3 and were battling in the third set when all other singles matches completed. With his team there to support him, Hodel came back from a 3-0 deficit to earn a thrilling 6-4 third-set win and give the Broncos the win.
"Cristian did a great job tonight," said Patton. "If the match is on the line, I want Cristian fighting for us. He's won four huge matches for us under this same type of pressure."
Starting out the match, the Broncos fell behind 1-0 when Oregon earned wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots.
"We were hoping to fight off the monkey on our backs," said Patton. "Usually if we lose the doubles point, we lose the match, so it's nice to see that we can come back and win."
Boise State's Jeff Mullen made a quick start for the Broncos in singles play, winning at the No. 6 spot over Duncan MacDonald-Korth, 6-4, 6-4. Oregon was able to go up 2-1 with Alexander Cornelissen winning over James Meredith, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 1 match, however the Broncos bounced back quickly with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win by Filipp Pogotskin in the No. 3 singles match.
Oregon captured their final point with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win by Aaron Clissold over Erik Sheldon before Boise State's Vicente Joli tied up the team score with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Marcos Verdasco in the No. 2 singles match.
With the win, Bronco head coach Greg Patton improves to 300-101 in his career at Boise State.
The Broncos were set to make a trip to California this weekend to face Pepperdine and UCLA, but those duals have been rescheduled until March 30 and 31. Boise State will next be at home on Feb. 6 when they host Utah State and Weber State.
Tennis Match Results
University of Oregon vs Boise State University
Jan 21, 2010 at Boise, Idaho
#22 Boise State University 4, University of Oregon 3
1. Alexander Cornelisse (UO) def. James Meredith (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Nico Bjerke (UO) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Ric Mortera (UO) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Aaron Clissold (UO) def. Erik Sheldon (BSU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
6. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. D. MacDonald-Korth (UO) 6-4, 6-4
1. James Meredith/Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Alexander Cornelisse/Marcos Verdasco (UO) 8-6
2. Nico Bjerke/Ric Mortera (UO) def. Vicente Joli/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 8-6
3. Aaron Clissold/Jose Izquierdo (UO) def. Cristian Hodel/Jeff Mullen (BSU) 8-5
University of Oregon 1-1
Boise State University 1-0; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,3,5,2,4)
The win marks the 300th win for Boise State head coach Greg Patton at BSU.