Boise State Falls 4-1 to No. 21 Tennessee
Hume records Broncos' lone point.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Boise State's men's tennis team lost its final match of the Blue-Gray Classic Sunday afternoon 4-1 to No. 21 Tennessee at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala. The Broncos lone point came from senior Damain Hume, ranked 51st nationally, who took a straight set victory (6-2, 6-1) over Brandon Fickey at No. 2 singles. For Boise State it was the third loss of the weekend to a nationally ranked team at the classic as the No. 44 ranked Broncos fell to 7-4 on the year.
Boise State lost the doubles point to open the match as Tennessee claim wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the point before the threes could finish. James Meredith and Nathan Sereke fell 8-3 at the No. 1 position, while Andrew Bettles and Scott Sears battled hard before dropping a 9-7 decision at the No. 2 doubles to the Vols' tandem of Jarryd Chaplin and Brandon Fickey.
The No. 3 doubles team of Damian Hume and Filipp Pogostkin did not finish.
The singles went 3-1 in favor of Tennessee led by victories at the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 positions. All three defeats were in straight sets as James Meredith lost 6-3, 6-1 to Mikelis Libietis at the top position. Scott Sears fell at the No. 4 singles spot 6-4, 6-0 while Garrett Patton lost 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5.
Andrew Bettles' match at the No. 3 position and Nathan Sereke's at the No. 6 were not finished once the team outcome was clinched in favor of Tennessee.
Next up, Boise State will travel to the Beehive State next weekend where the Broncos will play a trio of regional opponents Utah State, BYU and Utah.
Final Match Summary
No. 44 Boise State (7-4) vs. No. 21 Tennessee (7-6)
Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park)
Feb. 26, 2012
Tennessee Def. Boise State 4-1
1. #81 Mikelis Libietis (UT) def. #34 James Meredith (BSU), 6-3, 6-1
2. #51 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Brandon Fickey (UT), 6-2, 6-1
3. Hunter Reese (UT) vs. Andy Bettles (BSU), 4-6, 4-2 DNF
4. Jarryd Chaplin (UT) def. Scott Sears (BSU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Edward Jones (UT) def. Garrett Patton (BSU), 6-2, 6-3
6. Taylor Patrick (UT) vs. Nathan Sereke (BSU), 3-6, 4-2
1. #41 Libietis/Reese (UT) def. #50 Meredith/Sereke (BSU), 8-3
2. Chaplin/Fickey (UT) def. Sears/Bettles (BSU), 9-7
3. Jones/Swartz (UT) vs. Hume/Pogostkin (BSU), 7-6 DNF
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,4,5).
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