Broncos Near Perfect Against No. 66 Utah

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 47 ranked Boise State men's tennis team enjoyed a near perfect start to their Saturday (March 5) double-header as the Broncos swept No. 66 Utah, 7-0, at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center in what was their first home dual of the season.

Boise State (5-8 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) returned home this weekend after a grueling month and a half schedule on the road in which the Broncos faced 11 consecutive duals against ranked opponents. The men showed just how good it was to be back home, Saturday, dropping their only match of the day at No. 3 doubles en route to the 7-0 sweep of the Utes (5-5).

Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin kicked the dual off right for Boise State in the No. 2 doubles match as the duo knocked off Matt Cowley and Devin Lane, 8-5, to put the doubles point within reach for the Broncos. Boise State wasted little time securing the doubles point as Damian Hume and Scott Sears would beat Alejandro Medinilla and Benito Suriano, 8-4, at No. 1 to clinch the 1-0 advantage.

Michael Gilliland and Erik Sheldon would fall just short of giving the Broncos a clean sweep of the doubles matches at No. 3 as they took Gino Octa and Dmytro Mamedov to a seven point tie-breaker after playing to a 7-7 deadlock. Octa and Mamedov would grind out a 7-4 win in the breaker however, to grab Utah's lone win of the day, 8-7 (4).

Boise State would put its foot on the gas heading into singles competition and never let up, winning all six matches in straight sets to complete the sweep. Sears managed to extend the Bronco lead to 2-0 with a win at No. 3 singles as he beat Lane, 6-3, 6-1. Bettles would put the team win within reach next at No. 4, taking down Medinilla, 6-4, 6-4.

Freddy Walsh wasted little time capping off the Boise State victory as he beat Garrett LaBarre, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6 to give the Broncos a 4-0 lead in the dual.

Hume extended the team score to 5-0 next at No. 1 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Suriano. Nathan Sereke would put Boise State within one win of the sweep as he held off Cowley in a second set tie-breaker for a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory at No. 5.

Pogostkin managed to put the finishing touches on the team win for the Broncos as he secured the most exciting victory of the dual, knocking off Mamedov at No. 2. Pogostkin took an early lead in the match after beating Mamedov in a first set breaker, 7-4. After pushing the second set to a 6-6 tie it was Pogostkin who prevailed again, 7-5, to clinch the 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) victory and push the final team score to 7-0.

Saturday's win gives Boise State its first back-to-back wins of the season and their fourth win (4-8) over a nationally ranked opponent this year.

The Broncos will look to extend their winning streak, Saturday (March 5) night, when they host Utah State at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. Boise State will face the Aggies in the Broncos first WAC competition of the season at 6 p.m.

#47 Boise State 7, #66 Utah 0

DOUBLES

1. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) def. Alejandro Medinilla/Benito Suriano (UU) 8-4

2. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Matt Cowley/Devin Lane (UU) 8-5

3. Gino Octa/Dmytro Mamedov (UU) def. Michael Gilliland/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 8-7 (4)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES

1. Hume (BSU) def. Suriano (UU) 6-2, 6-2

2. Pogostkin (BSU) def. Mamedov (UU) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)

3. Sears (BSU) def. Lane (UU) 6-3, 6-1

4. Bettles (BSU) def. Medinilla (UU) 6-4, 6-4

5. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Cowley (UU) 6-1, 7-6 (4)

6. Freddy Walsh (BSU) def. Garrett LaBarre (UU) 6-2, 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 4, 6, 1, 5, 2


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