Broncos Top Idaho 4-0 for Spring Break Classic Title

            BOISE, Idaho - The No. 52 ranked Boise State men's tennis team capped off an exciting weekend of home duals, Sunday (March 28) afternoon, with a 4-0 win against No. 63 Idaho in the championship match of the 2010 SpringHill Suites Parkcenter Spring Break Classic. In front of a crowd of nearly 100 at the Appleton Tennis Center, the Broncos won the doubles point and rolled to three singles wins to beat the Vandals for the second time in four days.

            Boise State entered the weekend in search of a spark, after up and down play led them to an 8-6 record on the season. After a pair of dual wins on Thursday the Broncos started to roll, finishing the weekend 5-0 to improve their overall record to 13-6, and 3-1 against Western Athletic Conference opponents.

            Their momentum was apparent, Sunday, as the Broncos fought to strong wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to earn a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition. Senior Vicente Joli would get things rolling for the Broncos in singles, beating Artem Kuznetson, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 to give Boise State a 2-0 lead in the dual.

            Harry Skinner would put the win within reach just moments later, as he beat Adrian Simon, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 to give the Broncos the 3-0 advantage. With the Broncos trailing in two matches, and close to a third set in another, freshman Jeff Mullen delivered. Mullen topped Abid Akbar, 6-2, 6-4, giving Boise State the dual clinching point and ending the Vandals weekend in Boise.

            Sunday's win gives the Broncos a regular season sweep against Idaho. Boise State also beat the Vandals on Thursday (March 25), 4-3. With their dominating weekend the Broncos have now won seven consecutive duals. They also managed to remain perfect at home this season, improving to 9-0 in Boise this spring.

            Boise State will look to take advantage of its' recent success as the Broncos face a big pair of road duals this next week. The men head to Malibu, Calif. to face No. 30 Pepperdine at 3 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday (March 30). The Broncos will then square off against No. 12 UCLA, Wednesday (March 31) at 1 p.m. (PST) in Los Angeles, Calif.

            Boise State does return home next weekend for a pair of duals on Saturday (April 3). The Broncos will host Montana State at 10 a.m. and UC Santa Barbara at 5 p.m.        

#52 Boise State University 4, #63 University of Idaho 0

 Singles competition

1. #41 James Meredith (BSU) vs. Lachlan Reed (UI) unfinished

2. Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Artem Kuznetson (UI) 6-1, 6-2

3. Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Adrian Simon (UI) 6-2, 6-3

4. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) vs. Stas Glukov (UI) 6-7 (5-7), 4-2, unfinished

5. Alex Bothe (BSU) vs. Alex Joitiou (UI) 6-0, 3-6, unfinished

6. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Abid Akbar (UI) 6-2, 6-4

 Doubles competition

1. Alex Bothe/James Meredith (BSU) vs. Lachlan Reed/Adrian Simon (UI) unfinished

2. Filipp Pogostkin/Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Alex Joitiou/Artem Kuznetson (UI) 8-5

3. Jeff Mullen/Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Abid Akbar/Stas Glukov (UI) 8-1

Match Notes:

University of Idaho 16-6, 1-4; National ranking #63

Boise State University 13-6, 3-1; National ranking #52

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,3,6)

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