Broncos Fall to WAC Leading Fresno State, 5-2
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 52 ranked Boise State men's tennis team suffered its second setback of the season against Western Athletic Conference competition, Saturday (April 16) afternoon, with a 5-2 loss at No. 39 Fresno State on a day that marked the 1,000th career dual for Bronco head coach Greg Patton.
Patton, who has compiled a 682-318 career record and a 331-125 all-time record at Boise State, looked to be in good position to celebrate a victory on his landmark day as the Broncos rolled to a sweep of doubles competition. Four straight set wins in singles brought all of that to a halt, however, with Boise State (13-12 overall, 1-2 WAC) falling to the conference leading Bulldogs (13-8, 5-0) at the Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno, Calif.
The Broncos appeared to be poised for the upset early on in the dual as the men rolled past Fresno State in doubles action following a major upset win for Boise State at No. 1. Scott Sears and Damian Hume, who entered the week ranked No. 82 nationally in doubles, earned their biggest win of the season as they knocked off No. 17 Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier, 8-3.
The Broncos capitalized on the momentum from the upset with a pair of 8-5 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to complete the doubles sweep. Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke beat Francis Alcantara and Jean-Charles Diame at No. 2 before Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin took down David Ayoun and Siddharth Alapati at No. 3.
But just as Boise State appeared to be ready to take full control of the dual, Fresno State responded with four consecutive wins in straight sets to retain its spot on top of the WAC standings. The Bulldogs scored wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 in singles to garner a 4-1 lead and clinch the team win. Boise State's lone singles win would come at No. 3, but not until after the dual win was out of reach.
Andy Bettles fought his way to a tough third set victory over Jean-Charles Diame at No. 3, playing to a 6-4, 6-7, 10-5 win to narrow the final team score to 5-2.
The Broncos will look to rebounded from a 0-2 start to its weekend road trip to California on Sunday (April 17) as the men are set to meet Hawai'i in Fresno, Calif. Boise State will square off against the Warriors at 10 a.m. (PST).
#39 Fresno State 5, #52 Boise State 2
1. Rikus de Villiers (FSU) def. #120 Damian Hume (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #94 Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Jean-Charles Diame (FSU) 6-4, 6-7, 10-5
4. Francis Alcantara (FSU) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 6-7, 7-6, 10-7
5. Nick Papac (FSU) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. David Ayoun (FSU) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
1. #82 Sears/Hume (BSU) def. #17 de Villiers/Boutillier (FSU) 8-3
2. Mullen/Sereke (BSU) def. Alcantara/Diame (FSU) 8-5
3. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. Ayoun/ Siddharth Alapati (FSU) 8-5
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