Broncos Open Blue Gray with 4-1 Loss to No. 22 Auburn

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The No. 37 ranked Boise State men's tennis team opened up its weekend at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. with a 4-1 loss to No. 22 Auburn, Friday (Feb. 25) evening, to fall to consolation action in the eight team tournament.

The Broncos, who drop to 3-7 on the season, fell behind early against the Tigers with a pair of doubles losses and never were able to recover. Auburn (5-2) captured a quick 1-0 lead over Boise State with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 to secure the crucial doubles point. Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke garnered the lone doubles win of the day for the Broncos as the duo knocked off Alex Stamchev and Andreas Mies, 8-6, at No. 2.

Boise State would battle hard in singles competition but wins in three of the first four matches by the Tigers put an end to a Bronco rally. Boise State played Auburn much closer than the final score would indicate however, as the Broncos led both singles matches that were left unfinished which could have narrowed the final team score to 4-3.

Andy Bettles managed to secure the only point of the day for Boise State as he beat Rafael Rondino, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 to even the dual score at 1-1. Auburn would answer quickly though, winning at No. 1, No. 6 and No. 4 to put the dual victory out of reach.

When play was stopped, both Filipp Pogostkin and Scott Sears held leads in their respective matches putting the Tigers on the verge of losing two more team points. Pogostkin led No. 96 ranked Tim Hewitt, 6-3, 4-4, before the No. 2 match was called. Sears, meanwhile, gained a 6-4, 4-2 advantage over Stamchev at No. 3 prior to play being suspended.

The Broncos will look to rebound from their day one loss on Saturday when the men meet No. 46 Arizona in consolation play. Boise State will face the Wildcats at 4:30 p.m. (CST).

#22 Auburn 4, #37 Boise State 1


1. Tim Puetz/Daniel Cochrane (AU) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-4

2. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Alex Stamchev/Andreas Mies (AU) 8-6

3. Lucas Lopasso/Rafael Rondino (AU) def. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) 8-6


1. #72 Puetz (AU) def. #109 Hume (BSU) 6-2, 6-3

2. Pogostkin (BSU) vs. #96 Tim Hewitt (AU) 6-3, 4-4 DNF

3. Sears (BSU) vs. Stamchev (AU) 6-4, 4-2 DNF

4. Cochrane (AU) vs. Mullen (BSU) 6-3, 6-1

5. Bettles (BSU) def. Rondino (AU) 6-0, 6-1

6. #106 Mies (AU) vs. Sereke (BSU) 6-3, 6-4

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