Broncos Fall to Arizona in Final Regular Season Match

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The No. 50-ranked Boise State men's tennis team took on No. 61-ranked Arizona Sunday (April 24) in their final regular season match of 2011. The Broncos (15-14) fell 4-2 to the Wildcats (9-14) playing only the singles matches on the campus of New Mexico State.

Boise State jumped out to the team lead after freshman Nathan Sereke defeated Arizona's Geoff Embry, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles match.

Arizona evened up the team score with Frank Chen defeating junior Erik Sheldon, 7-5, 7-5 in the No. 6 match. The Wildcats followed with a win by Mario Urquidi in the No. 5 spot to go up, 2-1 in the team score. Urquidi defeated sophomore Jeff Mullen, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The Broncos evened up the score at the No. 3 singles spot with sophomore Filipp Pogostkin defeating Andre Vidaller, 7-5, 6-7 (10), 6-0.

Arizona answered with their third team point coming at the No. 2 singles spot, where Giacomo Miccini topped Bronco freshman Scott Sears, 6-4, 6-4.

Sealing the team win for the Wildcats was No. 94-ranked Andreas Carrasco, who topped freshman Andrew Bettles in a tough 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 match in the No. 1 spot.

"Andy played so tough for us," said head coach Greg Patton. "He played to seven breakpoints and a pair of deuces against Carrasco but just couldn't quite get past him."

With the Wildcats finishing 4-2 after singles play, doubles play was eliminated since the team winner was already decided.

"It was great for our team to go down to the wire with a PAC-10 school like we did," said Patton. "We are pretty young and we did pretty good against them. This will be great preparation for the intensity that we need to have to get ready for conference next week."

The Broncos conclude their regular season with the loss to Arizona. They look forward to the 2011 Western Athletic Conference championships next week. The Broncos will host the championships at the Appleton Tennis Complex, April 29 through May 1.

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