Boise State Tops Penn State, 4-1
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The No. 37 ranked Boise State men's tennis team concluded its weekend at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. in strong fashion, Sunday (Feb. 27), as the Broncos topped No. 69 Penn State, 4-1, to improve to 4-8 overall this season.
Boise State managed to garner its third (3-8) win over a ranked opponent on Sunday as the Broncos won two doubles matches and three singles matches in the dual. Boise State scored its first doubles win of the day at No. 2 as Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke beat Jason Lee and C.J. Griffin, 5-2 (retired). Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin would clinch the doubles point next at No. 3 with an 8-6 win over Bryan Weinetz and Taylor Cohen.
The Broncos were able to keep their momentum going and snap its two dual losing streak thanks to a strong showing in singles competition against the Nittany Lions. Bettles, Damian Hume and Freddy Walsh would all earn wins for Boise State in singles to clinch the 4-1 team victory.
Hume fought back from an early deficit against Eddie Bourchier to secure a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1. He was followed by Bettles, who beat Chris Haysn, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5. Walsh scored the decisive point in the dual last at No. 6 as he knocked off Griffin, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
The Broncos would lose their only match at No. 4 singles.
This weekend marked the end of a month and a half long stretch of duals away from home for Boise State. The Broncos return to Boise this week to host their first home duals of the year next Saturday (March 5) with a double-header against Utah and Utah State.
Boise State will meet the Utes at 11 a.m. at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex. The Broncos are then scheduled to face the Aggies at 6 p.m. at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.
#37 Boise State 4, #69 Penn State 1
1. Eddie Bourchier/Russell Bader (PSU) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-5
2. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Jason Lee/C.J. Griffin (PSU) 5-2 (ret.)
3. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Bryan Weinetz/Taylor Cohen (PSU) 8-6
1. Hume (BSU) def. Bourchier (PSU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. Pogostkin (BSU) vs. Lee (PSU) 6-4, 4-6, 4-1 DNF
3. Sears (BSU) vs. Weinetz (PSU) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 2-3 DNF
4. Bader (PSU) def. Mullen (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Bettles (BSU) def. Chris Haysn (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Freddy Walsh (BSU) def. Griffin (PSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
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