MW Honors Three Broncos
April 28, 2016

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Mountain West Conference announced its 2016 men’s tennis postseason honors Thursday night at Las Vegas and among those recognized were Boise State’s Kyle Butters, Brian Foley and Toby Mitchell. Butters was named the MW Freshman of the Year, in addition, he and Mitchell earned all-conference honors as a doubles team, while Foley received All-MW honors in singles. These are the first postseason honors for all three Broncos.

The trio has been instrumental in the Broncos success during the regular season as they closed winning 11 of their last 13 matches to finish 18-9 overall and 5-2 in conference.

“I’m ecstatic for all three, they all had great seasons and were major factors in our success,” said coach Greg Patton. “We struggled early on in the year and slowly put things together building to a big finale at the end of the show. These guys made that all happen for us and I am extremely proud of them.”

Butters was one of the most dominating freshmen in the conference this season and enters this weekend’s MW Championship on a 12-match win streak at No. 4 singles. The native of Wanganui, New Zealand, went 7-0 in league play and was 17-7 during the team spring duals season to finish the year at 22-10 overall.

“I am so happy for Kyle (Butters),” Patton commented. “He is the future of our program and for him to be as successful as he was this year was terrific. For him to win freshman of the year in this conference is absolutely incredible and means a lot for this program. He is so deserving of the recognition.”

In doubles, Butters teamed up with senior Toby Mitchell to go 16-8 on the year. The tandem played No. 1 doubles for the Broncos going 11-5 in springs duals, including a 3-2 conference mark. Boise State went 10-3 in matches where Butters and Mitchell won their doubles contest.

“For Toby (Mitchell) and Kyle to make all-conference in doubles is awesome,” Patton said. “They do it the right way and do it in a conference that is so strong, that says a lot.”

While Butters has three more years wearing the blue and orange, Mitchell heads into his final MW Tournament with career marks of 60-40 in singles and 76-41 in doubles.

Foley is the lone Bronco to earn all-conference honors for singles play competing at the No. 1 position for Boise State as a senior this spring. After spending the majority of his career playing the four through six singles positions, he moved up to the top spot in 2016 where he went 7-8 facing the top player the opponents had to offer, he went 3-3 in conference play and 16-14 overall during the 2015-16 campaign. Foley goes to the MW Championship with career records of 61-47 in singles and 43-41 in doubles.

“Brian is like the junk-yard dog that fights hard and ends up winning a pedigree,” said Patton. “He has done everything we have asked of him from day one at Boise State. I am so thankful he came here and proud of the way he improved on and off the court throughout his career.”

The trio will lead Boise State, who is the four-time defending Mountain West champion, to Las Vegas this weekend where the second-seeded Broncos will open their title defense at 1 p.m. (Mountain) Friday against the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack.

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