Broncos Roll Past Vandals with 7-0 Win
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team (7-1) capped a three-win weekend with a 7-0 victory over arch-rival No. 66 Idaho at the Boas Tennis Center, Saturday.
The Broncos started by notching a doubles point with wins at all three matches. The team of Meredith/Sereke traded games early with Cistea/Dobbs but was able to pull away late and finish with an 8-5 victory. The duo of Patton/Pogostkin left no doubt in their win, controlling and 8-3 match. The No. 2 tandem of Sears/Bettles won in a different fashion, falling into a 0-4 hole before bouncing back with five consecutive points and eventually winning in tiebreakers. Boise State is now 20-3 in doubles matches this year.
Redshirt junior James Meredith got back to his winning ways at the No. 1 slot for the Broncos, defeating Marius Cirstea in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 Andy Bettles and No. 3 Scott Sears each contributed a point to the Bronco total as well. Bettles edged Abid Akbar in the first set, 7-5 but showed his strength as the match continued, closing out the second set 6-3.
Nathan Sereke remains undefeated in the spring season. The native of Stockholm, Sweden put away Jose Bendeck in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to better his record to 7-0.
Freshman Garrett Patton made quick work of his match at the No. 4 singles spot, defeating Alan Shin 6-1, 6-1. Patton is now on a five-game winning streak and 6-2 in duel matches this season.
Filipp Pogostkin started his match late but his did not miss a beat as he defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-2.
"Every time this team comes out to compete, they just get hotter," said head coach Greg Patton. "I am afraid to bring them home for the fact that the searing heat in my house will cause the thermometer to fry.
"I am particularly thrilled about our" Big E" Nathan Sereke who is now 7-0 in dual match singles. He has empowered his teammates in the realization that our dream can become reality."
Like the women's team did earlier in the day, the men's team honored the late Steve Appleton, former Bronco tennis player and CEO of Micron, wearing a patch on their sleeves with his initials.
The Broncos will compete again in two weeks at the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic, Feb. 24-26.
Boise State 7, Idaho 0
Boise, Idaho - Boas Tennis Center - Feb. 11, 2012
1. Meredith/Sereke (BSU) def. Cirstea/Dobbs (UI), 8-5
2. Sears/Bettles (BSU) def. Akbar/Bendeck (UI), 8-7 (5)
3. Patton/ Pogostkin (BSU) def. Ramos Salazar/Torres (UI), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. James Meredith (BSU) def. Marius Cirstea (UI), 6-3, 6-4
2. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Abid Akbar (UI), 7-5, 6-3
3. Scott Sears (BSU) def. Cristobal Ramos Salazar (UI), 7-6 (4), 6-2
4. Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Alan Shin (UI), 6-1, 6-1
5. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Jose Bendeck (UI), 6-4, 6-2
6. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Cesar Torres (UI), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 1, 2, 6
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