FRESNO, Calif. - The weather in Fresno, Calif. did not shine favorably on the Boise State men's tennis team this weekend, as the No. 29 ranked Broncos' highly anticipated match against No. 30 Fresno State was canceled due to rain, Sunday (Feb. 21). Both teams are working to try and reschedule the match, but no date has been set.
The dual was originally scheduled for Saturday evening, but it was postponed until Sunday morning after rain washed out the conclusion to the doubles competition. Before the match was postponed on Saturday, Boise State had split the No. 1 and No. 3 matches with the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, Boise State's Vicente Joli and Filipp Pogostkin led Taylor Leiby and Mirko Zapletal, 8-7, in the No. 2 doubles match.
With the ever crucial doubles point hanging in the balance, the dual resumed play on Sunday morning with the conclusion of the No. 2 doubles match. Joli and Pogostkin needed a tie-breaker to finally finish off the victory, but eventually prevailed over Leiby and Zapletal, 9-8 (7-4).
With a 1-0 lead over Fresno State, the Broncos took to the singles court looking to bring home an important win in both the national rankings and in the Western Athletic Conference title race. Mother Nature would have other ideas, however, as rain started again just shortly after the beginning of singles competition and the teams were forced to end the day without a final.
Boise State's record remains at 3-3 overall (1-0 WAC), while Fresno State is 7-4 (2-0 WAC). The Broncos are on the road again next week as they travel to Utah to face the University of Utah on Friday (Feb. 26) and Brigham Young University on Saturday (Feb. 27).
#29 Boise State 1, #30 Fresno State 0
Match Canceled Due to Rain, No Reschedule Date Set
1. #23 Remi Boutillier/Rikus DeVilliers (FSU) def. James Meredith/Harry Skinner (BSU), 8-5
2. Vicente Joli/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Taylor Leiby/Mirko Zapletal (FSU) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Jeff Mullen/Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Siddharth Alapati/Tejesvi Veerepali (FSU), 9-7
Line up for the singles matches:
#1. #36 James Meredith (BSU) vs. Mirko Zapletal (FSU)
#2 Vicente Joli (BSU) vs.Rikus DeVilliers (FSU)
#3 Harry Skinner (BSU) vs. #112 Tefesvi Veerepali (FSU)
#4 Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) vs. Remi Boutillier (FSU)
#5 Cristian Hodel (BSU) vs. David Ayoun (FSU)
#6 Jeff Mullen (BSU) vs. Siddharth Alapati (FSU)
Boise State (#29) 3-3 (1-0 WAC)
Fresno State (#30) 7-4 (2-0 WAC)