URBANA, Ill. - The No. 21 Boise State men's tennis team fell just short of earning a 1-1 finish at the ITA Kick-Off in Urbana, Ill., dropping a 4-3 heart breaker against No. 27 Virginia Tech, Saturday (Jan. 30) afternoon, to fall to 1-2 overall this season.
The Broncos tried to rebound from a 5-1 loss against No. 26 Washington on Friday, giving Virginia Tech (2-1) all it could handle before losing the dual in the second to last match of the day.
"We were banging on the door for the second straight day," head coach Greg Patton said. "But we're getting a taste of reality. We've just got to figure out a way to get the feast. It's going to happen. I'm really encouraged with how we competed. I really feel like this doesn't define our season in any way shape or form."
Boise State opened the dual in a hole, losing the doubles point for the third consecutive time this season. The Broncos' only doubles win came at No. 2 as Vicente Joli and Filipp Pogostkin beat Yoann Re and Sebastien Jacques, 8-5.
Virginia Tech earned the doubles point with an 8-5 win by Patrick Daciek and Will Beck over James Meredith and Cristian Hodel in the No. 1 match. Luka Somen and Corrado Tocci then beat Jeff Mullen and Erik Sheldon, 9-8 (8-6) at No. 3 to give Virginia Tech the 1-0 lead.
"I think we had three match points to win in doubles," Patton said. "We didn't capitalize on one of them. But the only way you can survive in the jungle is to live there. We're going to learn how to do that."
Virginia Tech extended its' lead to 3-0 early on in singles action with wins at No. 4 and No. 5. Daciek earned the first singles win for VT as he beat Hodel, 6-1, 6-2. Next, Beck defeated Mullen 7-5, 6-0.
Boise State earned its' first points of the dual in the No. 3 match, as Pogostkin beat Tocci in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). No. 35 ranked Meredith next earned his first singles win of the season in the No. 1 match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Re.
Virginia Tech sealed the win in the No. 6 match of the dual as No. 100 Jacques beat Sheldon 6-2, 6-3. Joli narrowed the final margin for Boise State with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) win over Somen in the No. 2 match, but it proved to be too little too late.
The Broncos return home this week to face Utah State and Weber State next Saturday (Feb. 6) at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.
#27 Virginia Tech 4, #21 Boise State 3
1. #35 James Meredith (BSU) def. Yoann Re (VT) 6-1, 6-4
2. Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Luka Somen (VT) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
3. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Corrado Tocci (VT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Patrick Daciek (VT) def. Cristian Hodel (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Will Beck (VT) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU) 7-5, 6-0
6. #100 Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Erik Sheldon (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Patrick Daciek/Will Beck (VT) def. James Meredith/Cristian Hodel (BSU) 8-5
2. Vicente Joli/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Yoann Re/Sebastien Jacques (VT) 8-5
3. Luka Somen/Corrado Tocci (VT) def. Jeff Mullen/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 9-8 (8-6)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,6,2)
Boise State (1-2); National ranking #21
Virginia Tech (2-1); National ranking #27