No. 29 Boise State Sweeps Saturday Double Header

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team completed a sweep of its double header at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, Saturday (Feb. 6) night, as the Broncos took down Weber State, 7-0, in the second of two duals on the day. Saturday afternoon Boise State also beat Utah State, 4-3.

No. 29 Boise State Sweeps Weber State, 7-0

            The Broncos (3-2 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) seemed to have gotten their swagger back Saturday night after an exciting 4-3 win over WAC foe Utah State earlier in the day. Boise State used its' momentum to cruise past Weber State in the night cap, 7-0.

            For the second consecutive dual, Boise State took an early advantage by capturing the doubles point with a sweep of the doubles matches. James Meredith and Harry Skinner beat Sascha Kiehne and Simon Unger, 8-7 (10-8) in the No. 1 match. Meanwhile, Jeff Mullen and Erik Sheldon took care of Henning Hipp and Spencer Marchant in the No. 2 match to earn an 8-3 victory. Michael Gilliland and Nick Gourley finished off the three match sweep with an 8-3 win over Dave Hintze and Cole Paterson at No. 3.

            Boise State continued to roll in singles competition, winning five of six matches in straight sets. Sheldon earned the first singles win for the Broncos in the No. 5 match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hintze. He was followed by Walsh, who beat Paterson, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 6.

            Next, Mullen earned his first singles win of the day in the No. 4 match, beating Marchant, 6-2, 6-3. No. 35 ranked Meredith scored the next singles point for Boise State with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Unger in the No. 1 match. Skinner then capped off his Bronco debut with his second singles win of the day, beating Hipp, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2.

            Hodel was the only Boise State player who would need more than two sets to finish off his match on Saturday, as he scored a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-7 win over Kiehne in the No. 3 match to complete the sweep of the Wildcats.

            Boise State is off the court for two weeks now, as the Broncos next dual is scheduled for Feb. 19 when they face Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. That dual is set to start at 1:30 p.m.

No. 29 Broncos Top Utah State, 4-3, With Win in Final Match

            The No. 29 Boise State men's tennis team improved its' indoor record to 2-2 (1-0 Western Athletic Conference) on Saturday (Feb. 6) as the Broncos earned a dramatic 4-3 win over Utah State (2-4, 0-1 WAC) with a third set victory in the final match against the Aggies.

            The win keeps the Broncos perfect at home so far this season (2-0). But while Boise State hasn't faltered when hosting yet, it has taken late heroics by sophomore Cristian Hodel in the third set of both duals to pull out the victories.

            Against the Aggies, Boise State saw it's early 2-0 lead diminish with wins by Utah State at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. With the dual score tied 3-3, the final match playing out was Hodel and Bryan Marchant. Marchant had captured an early lead, winning the first set 7-6 (7-4). Hodel answered in the second match with a 7-5 win, which led to a third set win, 6-3.

            Hodel's victory put Boise State on top, in similar fashion as he had done in the Broncos' season opener against Oregon. Boise State also won that match 4-3 after Hodel earned a third set victory in the No. 4 singles match.

            On Saturday, the Broncos opened up the dual with a doubles sweep, which marked the first time this season Boise State won the doubles point. Nick Gourley and Michael Gilliland opened doubles up for the Broncos with an 8-0 win over Nate Ballam and Nikita Ryashchenko at No. 3. They were followed by James Meredith and Harry Skinner, who beat Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant in the No. 1 match, 8-6. Cristian Hodel and Jeff Mullen completed the sweep for Boise State in the No. 2 match, beating Sven Poslusny and Amit Maharaj, 8-7 (7-6).

            No. 35 ranked Meredith added to Boise State's lead in the No. 1 singles match with a quick 6-0, 6-3 win over Asplund. Utah State responded immediately, however, as Ryashchenko beat Gourley 7-5, 6-3 at No. 6. That was followed by a Utah State win at No. 5 as Maharaj knocked off Gilliland 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

            Skinner, a recent Arizona State transfer, sparked Boise State in his first singles match as a Bronco, playing an emotional No. 2 match in which he beat Poslusny, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

            Utah State managed to keep pace, however, as Alex Thatcher and Walsh went to an entertaining third set tie breaker before Thatcher finally prevailed, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to put the Aggies even with the Broncos once again.

            But just as Utah State tied the score at 3-3, Hodel began to pull away from Marchant. After playing the first few games of the third set close, Hodel stole the momentum en route to the 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 6-3 win.

            Boise State plays host to Weber State, Saturday evening, in its second of two duals on the day at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. That dual is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.           

No. 29 Boise State University 7, Weber State University 0

 Singles competition

1. #35 James Meredith (BSU) def. Simon Unger (WSU) 6-3, 6-4

2. Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Henning Hipp (WSU) 6-4, 6-4

3. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Sascha Kiehne (WSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-7

4. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Spencer Marchant (WSU) 6-2, 6-3

5. Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Dave Hintze (WSU) 6-1, 6-1

6. Freddy Walsh (BSU) def. Cole Paterson (WSU) 6-3, 6-1

 Doubles competition

1. James Meredith/Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Sascha Kiehne/Simon Unger (WSU) 8-7 (10-8)

2. Jeff Mullen/Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Henning Hipp/Spencer Marchant (WSU) 8-3

3. Michael Gilliland/Nick Gourley (BSU) def. Dave Hintze/Cole Paterson (WSU) 8-3

Match Notes:

Weber State University 0-4, 0-0

Boise State University 3-2, 1-0; National ranking #29

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,1,2,3)


#29 Boise State University 4, Utah State 3

 Singles competition

1. #35 James Meredith (BSU) def. Jakob Asplund (USU) 6-0, 6-3

2. Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Sven Poslusny (USU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

3. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Bryan Marchant (USU) 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 6-3

4. Alex Thatcher (USU) def. Freddy Walsh (BSU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

5. Amit Maharaj (USU) def. Michael Gilliland (BSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

6. Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) def. Nick Gourley (BSU) 7-5, 6-3

 Doubles competition

1. James Meredith/Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Jakob Asplund/Bryan Marchant (USU) 8-6

2. Cristian Hodel/Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Sven Poslusny/Amit Maharaj (USU) 8-7 (7-6)

3. Michael Gilliland/Nick Gourley (BSU) def. Nate Ballam/Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) 8-0

Match Notes:

Utah State 2-4, 0-1

Boise State University 2-2, 1-0; National ranking #29

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,5,2,4,3)


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