Broncos Down Idaho State, Memphis to Advance to Boise State Spring Break Invitational Championship Match

BOISE, Idaho The No. 23-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team hosted their first of two days of the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Invitational on Friday, earning two wins on the day to advance to the invitational finals on Saturday. The Broncos earned their first win over in-state rival, Idaho State, 4-0 in a 10 a.m. match at the Boas Tennis Center. They picked up their second win of the day when they downed the University of Memphis, 4-1, at the Appleton Tennis Complex in the final match of the day.


In their first dual of the day, the Broncos and Bengals played a first-to-four match, with the Broncos picking up one doubles point and three straight singles points for the sweep. In doubles, senior Stanley Sarapanich and freshman Freddy Walsh earned an 8-1 win over Dan Buckingham and David Kutchins in the No. 3 match. Senior Kean Feeder and sophomore Erik Sheldon clinched the doubles point with an 8-1 win over Danel Barrenechea and Javier Royo in the No. 1 match. The No. 2 match was not completed since the Broncos had already clinched the point.


Singles play went just as smooth for Boise State with wins at the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Freshman and No. 80-ranked James Meredith garnered a 6-2, 6-1 win over Royo in the No. 1 spot to put the Broncos up 2-0 in the team standings. Junior Matt Solomon earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over Buckingham in the No. 5 spot while junior Nick Gourley picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andres Mancero in the No. 6 slot to clinch the team win for Boise State.


Waiting until nearly 7 p.m. to begin their second match of the day, the Broncos took on the University of Memphis, defeating the Tigers, 4-1. The teams agreed to play the match to another first-to-four decision since the match was so late in the day.


The Broncos earned an 8-1 win in the No. 1 doubles spot with No. 68-ranked Feeder and Meredith teaming to defeat Spencer Heflin and Leon Naseman. Walsh and Sarapanich clinched the team doubles point with an 8-6 victory over Benedikt Fischer and Jordan Smith in the No. 3 spot.


No. 80-ranked Meredith picked up the first singles win for the second time on Friday, defeating Fischer, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot. Feeder earned the No. 1 singles win 6-2, 6-3 over Jorge Vazquez to put the Broncos up 3-0 in the team running.


The Tigers’ Michael Hayes was able to put a mark on the Broncos perfect record, winning his No. 5 singles match over freshman Blane Shields, 6-2, 6-3, earning the only point for Memphis.


Hodel was able to clinch the match for the Broncos with his well-fought 7-6, 6-4 win over Naseman in the No. 3 match.


With the pair of wins, the Broncos are set to face No. 44-ranked Nebraska in the invitational’s championship match. The match will take place at 1 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 28 at the Appleton Tennis Complex.


Tennis Match Results

Idaho State vs Boise State University

Mar 27, 2009 at Boise, Idaho


#23 Boise State University 4, Idaho State 0


 Singles competition

1. #80 James Meredith (BSU) def. ROYO, Javier (ISU) 6-2, 6-1

2. BARRENECHEA, Danel (ISU) vs. Cristian Hodel (BSU) no result

3. BUCETA, Alex (ISU) vs. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) no result

4. DECHANT, Ross (ISU) vs. Erik Sheldon (BSU) no result

5. Matt Solomon (BSU) def. BUCKINGHAM, Dan (ISU) 6-2, 6-0

6. Nick Gourley (BSU) def. MANCERO, Andres (ISU) 6-0, 6-1


 Doubles competition

1. Kean Feeder/Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. BARRENECHEA, Danel/ROYO, Javier (ISU) 8-1

2. BUCETA, Alex/DECHANT, Ross (ISU) vs. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) no result

3. Stanley Sarapanich/Freddy Walsh (BSU) def. BUCKINGHAM, Dan/KUTCHINS, David (ISU) 8-1


Match Notes:

Idaho State 0-12

Boise State University 12-7; National ranking #23

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,5,6)


Tennis Match Results

University of Memphis vs Boise State University

Mar 27, 2009 at Boise, Idaho


#23 Boise State University 4, University of Memphis 1


 Singles competition

1. #78 Kean Feeder (BSU) def. Jorge Vazquez (MEM) 6-2, 6-3

2. #80 James Meredith (BSU) def. Benedikt Fischer (MEM) 6-1, 6-2

3. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Leon Naseman (MEM) 7-6, 6-4

4. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) vs. Charlie Famsay (MEM) 3-6, 6-2, 3-3, unfinished

5. Michael Hayes (MEM) def. Blane Shields (BSU) 6-2, 6-3

6. Erik Sheldon (BSU) vs. Mike Gaerthoeffner (MEM) 6-7, unfinished


 Doubles competition

1. #68 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) def. Spencer Heflin/Leon Naseman (MEM) 8-1

2. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) vs. Michael Hayes/Charlie Famsay (MEM) 7-4, unfinished

3. Freddy Walsh/Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Benedikt Fischer/Jordan Smith (MEM) 8-6


Match Notes:

University of Memphis 12-7

Boise State University 13-7; National ranking #23

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,3)


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