BOISE, Idaho - The No. 59 ranked Boise State men's tennis team experienced a slow start to its action packed weekend at home, Saturday (March 19) morning, as the Broncos dropped two of three doubles matches against in-state rival Idaho in a dual that is being play over two days.
Boise State (6-9 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) squared off against the Vandals (9-2, 0-0) in doubles competition to kick-off a three dual home stand for the Broncos. Boise State will conclude its dual against Idaho on Sunday (March 20) with six singles matches at 9 a.m.
In doubles, the Broncos gained an early advantage as Filipp Pogostkin and Andy Bettles beat Abid Akbar and Jake Knox, 8-3, at No. 3 to put the Broncos within reach of the doubles point. A loss at No. 2 would keep the Vandals in contention for the 1-0 lead in the dual however.
A battle ensued at No. 1 doubles as Scott Sears and Damian Hume forced Idaho's Marius Cirstea and Alexandru Joitoiu to a decisive tie-breaker set. The Broncos fought hard but would fall just short in the breaker, losing 9-8 (7-5) to fall behind 0-1 heading into singles competition on Sunday.
Boise State is not done playing on Saturday, though, as the Broncos will host No. 40 New Mexico at noon. The match will be played at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.
1. Marius Cirstea/Alexandru Joitoiu def. Scott Sears/Damian Hume (BSU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Lachlan Reed/Jose Bendeck (UI) def. Jeff Mullen/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 8-6
3. Filipp Pogostkin/Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Abid Akbar/Jake Knox (UI) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1