Broncos Start Season With Two Wins
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team (2-0, 0-0 MW) made its 2012 debut in style Sunday, winning both matches of its doubleheader. The Broncos defeated No. 62 Saint Mary's (Calif.) 5-2 in the morning and beat Eastern Washington 6-1 in the afternoon match.
James Meredith, Andrew Bettles, Nathan Sereke and Erik Sheldon each earned two singles victories on the day. Meredith, Bettles and Sereke notched both of their wins in straight sets.
Freshman Garrett Patton went 1-1 on the day, defeating Kyle Koetje of Eastern Washington.
In doubles action, the Broncos won all six matches without going to tiebreakers, three in each competition.
Against Saint Mary's, Boise State wrapped up the match in the first four finishes. After earning the doubles point, Sereke won handily over Gavin Leon 6-0, 6-2. Meredith and Bettles manned the top two singles positions for the Broncos and both took down their opponents by a score of 6-1, 6-4 to put Boise State up 4-0.
With less than an hour turnaround, the Orange and Blue won in the same fashion against Eastern Washington. This time it was Patton who combined with Meredith and Bettles to win the first four singles matches and secure a victory for their squad.
The Broncos will be back in action next weekend when they head to Palo Alto, Calif. To face Santa Clara, Friday, followed by either Stanford or a rematch against Saint Mary's, Saturday.
Saint Mary's at Boise State
Jan. 22, 2012 - Boise, Idaho - Boise Racquet and Swim Club
Boise State 5, Saint Mary's 2
1. Meredith/Sereke (BSU) def. Olivan/Leon (SMU), 8-6
2. Sears/Bettles (BSU) def. Hamdy/El Sherbini (SMU), 8-6
3. Patton/Pogostkin (BSU) def Dawson-Roberts/Norstrom (SMU), 8-6
1. James Meredith (BSU) def. (SMU) Maxime Olivan, 6-1, 6-4
2. Andrew Bettles (BSU) def. (SMU) Joakim Norstrom, 6-1, 6-4
3. Sherif Hamdy (SMU) def. Scott Sears (BSU), 5-7, 6-4, 10-7
4. Saad Benkirane (SMU) def. (BSU) Garrett Patton, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-6
5. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. (SMU) Gavin Leon, 6-0, 6-2
6. Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Seif El Sherbini (SMU), 6-4, 6-7(1), 10-7
Eastern Washington at Boise State
Jan. 22, 2012 - Boise, Idaho - Boas Tennis Center
Boise State 6, Eastern Washington 1
1. Meredith/Sereke (BSU) def. Cuic/Koetje (EWU), 8-6
2. Sears/Bettles (BSU) def. Navarro/Russell (EWU), 8-4
3. Reid/Sheldon (BSU) def. Simikic/Anderson (EWU), 8-6
1. James Meredith (BSU) def. Ilija Cuic (EWU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Andrew Bettles (BSU) def. Mario Navarro (EWU), 6-0, ret.
3. James Russell (EWU) def. Scott Sears (BSU), 6-4, 2-6, 10-4
4. Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Kyle Koetje (EWU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Stefan Simikic (EWU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Ben Anderson (EWU) , 6-1, 6-1
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