Boise State Downs Utah State for First WAC Win
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 47 ranked Boise State men's tennis team managed to complete a sweep of its weekend home double-header, Saturday (March 5) night, as the Broncos raced past Utah State, 6-1, at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club for their first win (1-0) in Western Athletic Conference competition.
After opening the morning with a 7-0 sweep of No. 66 Utah, Boise State (6-8) kept things rolling against the Aggies (10-6 overall, 1-1 WAC) to earn the team's third consecutive win.
"Those are two good teams," Boise State head coach Greg Patton said after Saturday's duals. "It is so gratifying to see our guys get better and better. Our young guys are getting a graduate degree in what tennis is all about right now. They are starting to figure it out and how we want them to play."
The Broncos gained an early 1-0 advantage in the dual thanks to another strong showing in doubles, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 to secure the doubles point. The men would continue to roll in singles action with five straight victories to put the dual out of reach.
Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin scored the first Boise State win of the night as the duo knocked off Fredrik Peterson and Alex Thatcher, 8-2, at No. 2 to put the doubles point within reach. Damian Hume and Scott Sears would clinch the doubles point next at No. 1 with an 8-4 victory against Bryan Marchant and Sven Poslusny to give the Broncos the 1-0 lead.
Sears made sure Boise State kept its momentum rolling early on in singles competition as he beat Peterson, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 to extend the Bronco lead to 2-0. Nathan Sereke would put Boise State on the verge of securing the dual victory next as he topped Thatcher, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5.
Pogostkin seized the opportunity to finish off the team victory shortly after, as he beat Jakob Asplund, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 2 to give the Broncos the decisive 4-0 lead in the dual.
Boise State wasn't done there however, as the Broncos would score two more singles wins to stretch the team lead to 6-0. Hume recorded the next Boise State win at No. 1 where he beat Poslusny, 6-2, 6-4. He was followed by Bettles, who knocked off Marchant, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 4.
The Broncos would surrender their only point of the day at No. 6 singles as Freddy Walsh fell in an exciting third set super tie-breaker. After taking an early 6-3 lead over Nikita Ryashchenko, Walsh would lose a second set tie-breaker, 7-1, which forced a 10-point third set super-breaker for the win. After falling behind 8-6, Ryashchenko mounted a huge rally to pull off a 10-8 third set win, capturing the match by a score of 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-8.
Boise State will look to keep its momentum going next weekend when the Broncos play host to BYU on Saturday (March 12). Boise State will meet the Cougars at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Tennis Complex, weather permitting.
"It feels so good to play at home. To have your crowd supporting you is so great. The last 12 matches [on the road] there was nobody rooting for us. All those matches were worth it though. All the trips were worth it. I think it made us tougher."
#47 Boise State 6, Utah State 1
1. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) def. Bryan Marchant/Sven Poslusny (USU) 8-4
2. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Fredrik Peterson/Alex Thatcher (USU) 8-2
3. Jakob Asplund/Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) def. Michael Gilliland/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Hume (BSU) def. Poslusny (USU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Pogostkin (BSU) def. Asplund (USU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Sears (BSU) def. Peterson (USU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Bettles (BSU) def. Marchant (USU) 6-2, 7-5
5. Sereke (BSU) def. Thatcher (USU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ryashchenko (USU) def. Freddy Walsh (BSU) 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-8
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2, 1, 4, 6
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