No. 42 Boise State Blanks No. 30 Wisconsin, 4-0
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 42 ranked Boise State men's tennis team found redemption at the ITA Kick-Off in Lexington, Ky., Sunday (Jan. 30), as the Broncos earned a 4-0 win over No. 30 Wisconsin at the Hilary Boone Tennis Complex to earn their first upset of the young season.
Boise State (2-2 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) entered Sunday looking to rebound from a 4-1 loss to No. 12 Kentucky on Saturday (Jan. 29). The loss to the Wildcats ended the Broncos run at qualifying to the 2011 ITA National Indoor Team Championships.
"[Today] was a test," Boise State head coach Greg Patton said Sunday. "We had a knife up against our throat and we were able to wiggle away from it."
Boise State secured an early advantage over the Badgers (2-2) by winning the doubles point and never looked back. The Broncos went on to win the first three singles matches of the day to clinch their first win over a ranked opponent this season.
After falling at No. 1 doubles to open the dual, Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke answered for Boise State with an 8-4 win over Rod Carey and Ricardo Martin at No. 2. Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin would seal the doubles point victory next at No. 3 as they rolled past Petr Satral and Alexander Teppert, 8-3.
Pogostkin, who entered the weekend ranked No. 85 nationally in singles, next provided a big lift for the Broncos with his first win at No. 2 singles this season. He beat Billy Bertha, 6-3, 6-3, to extend the Boise State lead to 2-0.
Mullen would put the team win within reach at No. 4 singles as he scored a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Alex Robles. The Broncos wasted little time putting away any chance of a Wisconsin comeback, as No. 62 Damian Hume beat Marek Michalicka, 6-4, 7-6 (5), to give Boise State the final 4-0 lead.
"It's good for us to come out of that and come home with a victory. It makes the flight home very, very enjoyable."
The Broncos hit the road again next weekend with a trip to Minneapolis, Minn. for another pair of duals against nationally ranked opponents. Boise State is scheduled to face No. 25 Virginia Tech on Saturday (Feb. 5) before squaring off against No. 33 Minnesota on Sunday (Feb. 6).
#42 Boise State 4, #30 Wisconsin 0
1. No. 62 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Marek Michalicka (Wisc.) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
2. No. 85 Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Billy Bertha (Wisc.) 6-3, 6-3
3. Scott Sears (BSU) vs. Petr Satral (Wisc.) 7-5, 4-6, 5-5 DNF
4. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Alex Robles (Wisc.) 6-3, 7-5
5. Rod Carey (Wisc.) led Andrew Bettles (BSU) 6-3, DNF
6. Nathan Sereke (BSU) led Alexander Teppert (Wisc.) 6-0, 2-0 DNF
1. Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha (Wisc.) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-3
2. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Rod Carey/Ricardo Martin (Wisc.) 8-4
3. Andrew Bettles/Filipp Pogotskin (BSU) def. Petr Satral/Alexander Teppert (Wisc.) 8-3
Order of Finish:
Singles - 2, 4, 1*
Doubles - 1, 2, 3*
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