BOISE, Idaho - The No. 54 ranked Boise State men's tennis team suffered its first home defeat of the 2011 season, Saturday (March 12), with a hard fought 6-1 loss to No. 39 BYU at the Appleton Tennis Center to fall to 2-1 in Boise this spring.
The Broncos (6-9 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) played the Cougars much closer than the final score would indicate, but four losses in the third set of singles competition helped clinch the lopsided victory for BYU (10-4). Boise State fell behind early in the dual after dropping two of three doubles matches and was never able to bounce back.
After falling at No. 2 doubles, Boise State saw the doubles point slip away as Damian Hume and Scott Sears lost to Patrick Kawka and Evan Urbina, 8-6, at No. 1. The Broncos managed one doubles win on the afternoon, at No. 3, where Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin would grind out an 8-7 (4) victory over Spencer Smith and Roman Warias in an exciting tie-breaker.
Trailing 1-0 heading into singles, Hume answered the rally call for Boise State with a quick win at No. 1 to pull the Broncos even with the Cougars in the dual. Hume beat Urbina, 6-3, 6-1, to give Boise State a sign of life with five singles matches left to go.
BYU would respond with a win at No. 2 singles however, to regain the lead in the dual 2-1.
The Broncos battled valiantly in the remaining four singles matches but were unable to score another point despite forcing a third and decisive set in all four matches. Bettles would be the first Boise State victim, as he dropped the No. 4 singles match to Kawka, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. He would be followed shortly after by Jeff Mullen, who lost to Thomas Shubert, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, at No. 5.
Sears was the next Bronco to fall at No. 3 where he failed to make a third set rally against Smith en route to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss.
Warias would finish off the 6-1 win for BYU last at No. 6 as he came back to beat Nathan Sereke, 3-6, 7-6, 10-6 in a third set super tie-breaker.
Saturday's loss drops Boise State to 4-9 against nationally ranked opponents this season, including just a 1-9 record against top 50 teams.
The Broncos will look to rebound from the tough loss next weekend when they host three home duals at Appleton, weather permitting. Boise State will face New Mexico at noon on Saturday (March 19) to kick the weekend off. The Broncos will then play Idaho in only doubles competition at 6:30 p.m., Saturday night.
Boise State will conclude its match against Idaho with singles competition, Sunday (March 20) morning, at 9 a.m. The Broncos will then wrap up the weekend with a showdown against San Francisco at 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon.
#39 BYU 6, #54 Boise State 1
1. Patrick Kawka/Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-6
2. Georgy Batrakov/Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) 8-2
3. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Spencer Smith/Roman Warias (BYU) 8-7 (4)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Hume (BSU) def. Urbina (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Batrakov (BYU) def. Pogostkin (BSU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Smith (BYU) def. Sears (BSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Kawka (BYU) def. Bettles (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
5. Shubert (BYU) def. Mullen (BSU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
6. Warias (BYU) def. Sereke (BSU) 3-6, 7-6, 10-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6