SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 66 ranked Boise State men's tennis team suffered a surprising upset, Saturday (March 13) afternoon, as the Broncos' overall record dropped to 5-5 with a 5-2 loss against San Diego State (2-7) in San Diego, Calif.
Boise State fell behind early, losing the doubles point after dropping the first two doubles matches of the day. The Broncos did score one doubles win as Alex Bothe and James Meredith beat Juan Gomez and Luis Rattenhuber, 9-8 (7), at No. 1. SDSU would head into singles with the early advantage, however, forcing Boise State to win four of six singles matches to win the dual.
In the first singles match of the day, Harry Skinner pulled the Broncos even with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Rattenhuber in the No. 3 singles match. After falling behind again, Filipp Pogostkin recorded another point for the Broncos with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Giovanni Vaglietti at No. 4 to even the score once again at 2-2.
Unfortunately for head coach Greg Patton, that is where the Broncos run would end on the day as SDSU scored wins at No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 to complete the upset.
"Today we got punched in the nose and its' bleeding a little bit," Patton said. "But that is going to happen sometimes with a young team. We've got a lot of good things ahead of us, so we've got to just keep playing."
The loss drops Boise State to just 1-3 on the road this season, as the Broncos continue to struggle away from Boise. The men will try and salvage a split of this road trip as they will meet the University of San Diego on Sunday in San Diego, Calif. That dual is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. (PST).
Boise State is on the road until March 25 when the Broncos return home to host the University of Idaho and UC Irvine in a pair of duals.
San Diego State 5, #66 Boise State 2
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1)
1.) Alex Bothe/James Meredith (BSU) def. Juan Gomez/Luis Rattenhuber (SDSU) 9-8 (7)
2.) Achim Ceban/Giovanni Vaglietti (SDSU) def. Vicente Joli/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) 8-2
3.) Andre Feliz/Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Jeff Mullen/Harry Skinner (BSU) 8-5
Singles (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4, 1, 5, 6)
1.) Gomez (SDSU) def. Meredith (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
2.) Ceban (SDSU) def. Joli (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
3.) Skinner (BSU) def. Rattenhuber (SDSU) 6-1, 6-0
4.) Pogostkin (BSU) def. Vaglietti (SDSU) 6-3, 6-3
5.) Feliz (SDSU) def. Bothe (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
6.) Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Cristian Hodel (BSU) 7-6, 6-3