BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team fell just short of completing a sweep of its home duals at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday (April 3), as the Broncos went 1-1 on the day following a dramatic loss in the night cap. After opening the morning with a 7-0 win against Montana State, No. 42 Boise State suffered its first home loss of the season with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 67 UC Santa Barbara.
Broncos Fall Short in Comeback against Gauchos
It took everything Boise State had to mount a comeback after falling behind 1-3 to UCSB, Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Broncos all they had turned out to be just a little short of what they needed to take down the Gauchos. After tying the dual at 3-3 with back-to-back third set wins, Boise State finally fell in the decisive singles match in a third set tie-breaker.
UCSB earned an early 1-0 advantage after winning the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3. The Broncos scored their only doubles win at No. 2 as Vicente Joli and Filipp Pogostkin beat Scott Hohenstein and Evan Jurgensen, 8-4.
No. 48 ranked James Meredith managed to even the score for Boise State with a win in the No. 1 singles match. Meredith beat Philip Therp, 6-2, 6-3, to pull the Broncos all square at 1-1. Wins at No. 6 and No. 3 singles by the Gauchos put Boise State up against the wall, however. The Broncos responded with consecutive third-set wins to even the team score at 3-3.
Pogostkin answered first for Boise State with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over Alex Konigsfeldt in the No. 4 singles match. He was followed by Alex Bothe, who came back from an early third set deficit to beat Hohenstein, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5. With the dual score knotted at three, the final would come down to the No. 2 match between Joli and Benjamin Recknagel.
Joli took an early lead in the match with a first set win, 7-6 (7-3). After dropping the second set, 5-7, it came down to the third and final set to decide the dual. Joli led 5-4 in the third, but dropped two games before tying the set again at 6-6. The tie took Joli and Recknagel to a seven point tie breaker for the win. Joli looked poised early, but Recknagel was just too strong in the end as he beat Joli 7-1 in the breaker to earn a 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) win.
With the loss, Boise State drops to 14-9 overall on the season, which includes a stellar 10-1 record at home this spring. The Broncos are also 7-8 against nationally ranked opponents, but have lost three straight against top-75 teams.
Broncos Cruise to 7-0 Win against Montana State
Boise State opened its Saturday double header in dominating fashion, as the Broncos managed to win their 10th home dual of the season with a 7-0 win over Montana State. Boise State gained an early advantage by winning the doubles point, and then rolled with six straight-set singles wins.
James Meredith and Jeff Mullen earned the first Boise State win of the day at No. 1 doubles, as the Bronco duo beat Alberto Fuentes and Fletcher Keyes, 8-4. After dropping No. 3 doubles to MSU, Erik Sheldon and Alex Bothe secured the doubles point for Boise State with a 9-7 win over Corey Smith and Pawel Turzanski.
The Broncos didn't need long to put the team score out of reach, winning quick singles matches at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. Vicente Joli scored the first singles win for Boise State by beating Turzanski, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1. He was followed by Filipp Pogostkin, who beat Smith 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 to put the dual win within reach. Harry Skinner sealed the deal next at No. 2 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Keyes.
Boise State earned wins in the final three singles matches to complete the sweep of MSU. Cristian Hodel beat Fuentes, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1) at No. 4, Freddy Walsh beat Esteban Ferrero, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 and Michael Gilliland beat Myles Perkins, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6.
With the win Boise State improves to 6-1 against ITA Mountain Region opponents.
The men are off the court now until next Saturday (April 10) when they host their final two home duals of the season. The Broncos will face New Mexico State at 9:30 a.m. before meeting Nevada at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Both duals are scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, but will be moved to BOAS in the instance of poor weather.
#67 UC Santa Barbara 4, #42 Boise State University 3
1. #48 James Meredith (BSU) def. Philip Therp (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
2. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) def. Vicente Joli (BSU) 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
3. Lucas Sudow (UCSB) def. Harry Skinner (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
5. Alex Bothe (BSU) def. Scott Hohenstein (UCSB) 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5
6. Taylor Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU) 6-2, 7-5
1. Taylor Chavez-Goggin/Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) def. James Meredith/Jeff Mullen (BSU) 8-6
2. Vicente Joli/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Scott Hohenstein/Evan Jurgensen (UCSB) 8-4
3. Benjamin Recknagel/Lucas Sudow (UCSB) def. Alex Bothe/Erik Sheldon (BSU) 8-2
UC Santa Barbara 9-9; National ranking #67
Boise State University 14-9; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,5,2)
#42 Boise State University 7, Montana State University 0
1. Vicente Joli (BSU) def. Pawel Turzanski (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Harry Skinner (BSU) def. Fletcher Keyes (MSU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Corey Smith (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Alberto Fuentes (MSU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1)
5. Freddy Walsh (BSU) def. Esteban Ferrero (MSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Michael Gilliland (BSU) def. Myles Perkins (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. James Meredith/Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Alberto Fuentes/Fletcher Keyes (MSU) 8-4
2. Erik Sheldon/Alex Bothe (BSU) def. Corey Smith/Pawel Turzanski (MSU) 9-7
3. Esteban Ferrero/Myles Perkins (MSU) def. Michael Gilliland/Nick Gourley (BSU) 8-6
Montana State University 5-15
Boise State University 14-8, 3-1; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,2,6,5,4)