SAN DIEGO - The top-seeded and No. 38 Boise State defeated No. 66 and third-seeded New Mexico, 4-0, to claim the 2012 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Sunday at Aztec Tennis Center. The Broncos won the title after winning the doubles point and capturing three singles victories. The tournament championship is the 13th in school history, 10th under head coach Greg Patton and first as a part of the Mountain West.
The tournament championship accompanies the team's regular-season title which was claimed after going 5-0 in Mountain West play.
Boise State (26-6 jumped out to a 1-0 advantage after claiming the doubles point in thrilling fashion. The Lobos struck first when Conor Berg and Ben Dunbar defeated Damian Hume and Scott Sears at No. 2, 8-3. The Broncos, however, responded by winning the remaining two matches. James Meredith and Nathan Sereke were 8-4 winners at No. 1 over 58th-ranked Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips. BSU later secured the point when Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin came back to win a 9-7 decision over Carl Ho and James Hignett at the third position.
Twenty-four of the team's 26 wins this season have come when after the Broncos won the doubles point.
"Winning the doubles point is was so big for us," said head coach Greg Patton. "It gives our guys so much confidence and takes the pressure off so they can just go out and play singles."
Sereke gave Boise State a 2-0 lead when he downed Berg in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 4.
Soon thereafter, the Broncos took a 3-0 lead when Bettles was a 6-3, 6-2 winner in his match at No. 3 with Anderson.
Then seconds later, Boise State won its first Mountain West tournament crown when No. 91 Meredith defeated Phillips at the top position, 6-2, 6-2.
With the win, the Broncos earned the Mountain West's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's Championships. The rest of the 64-team field will be announced live on NCAA.com, Tuesday, May 1, between 2-3 p.m. PT.
"It's like Christmas right now," Patton said. "We know we are in the tournament and to have our senior James Meredith, who plays flawless tennis but today he was on another level, to have him close it out was awesome to watch."
No. 38 (1) Boise State 4, No. 66 (3) New Mexico 0
Aztec Tennis Center | San Diego, Calif.
1. James Meredith/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. No. 58 Phil Anderson/Jadon Phillips (UNM), 8-4
2. Conor Berg/Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU), 8-3
3. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Carl Ho/James Hignett (UNM), 9-7
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. No. 91 James Meredith (BSU) def. Jadon Phillips (UNM), 6-2, 6-2
2. Ben Dunbar (UNM) vs. No. 68 Damian Hume (BSU), 7-5, 4-2 unfinished
3. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Phil Anderson (UNM), 6-3, 6-2
4. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Conor Berg (UNM), 6-0, 6-4
5. Sam Iftikhar (UNM) vs. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU), 6-4, 5-0 unfinished
6. Scott Sears (BSU) vs. Carl Ho (UNM), 7-6, 0-1 unfinished
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1