Boise State Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Fresno State in WAC Semifinals
BOISE, Idaho (4/30/2011) - Boise State University and Fresno State battled through a classic collegiate men’s tennis match Saturday night which the Bulldogs won 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise. After dropping the doubles point the Broncos rallied early in the singles competition to take the lead with victories by Damian Hume and Filipp Pogostkin. The contest was tight throughout with Fresno State rallying for the victory on the final singles match of the night.

Fresno State won the doubles point which began by a 8-3 win at the number one doubles by Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier. After dropping the number one doubles, Boise State rallied with a 8-1 victory at the number three position by Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin. With the doubles competition tied at one apiece the decisive win came from Fresno State’s Francis Alcantara and Jean-Charles Diame with a 8-5 victory over Boise State’s Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke at the number two doubles for the key team point.

Down 1-0 heading into the singles portion of the competition, Boise State rallied early with two straight set wins to take a 2-1 lead. It began with Damian Hume’s dominating 6-2, 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs’ Rikus de Villiers at the number one singles to tie the match at one point apiece. Soon after, the Broncos took the lead on Pogostkin’s win at the number four position over Francis Alcantara by the score of 6-3, 6-3.

Fresno State rallied to tie the match at 2-2 on Jean-Charles Diame’s 7-6, 6-3 victory over the Broncos’ Scott Sears at the number three singles.

Boise State then regained the advantage 3-2 when Jeff Mullen rallied from one set down to win an exciting number six competition over David Ayoun 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Broncos had two chances to put away the victory in the next two singles matches to be decided but fell short. The first opportunity was by Nathan Sereke at the number five singles. After dropping the first set 7-6, Sereke battled back to win the second set 6-2 before falling in a third set tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6) as the Bulldogs pulled even at three points apiece.

The final chance was up to freshman Andrew Bettles who took an early lead on a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker to take the first set. He then had a chance to win in straight sets but lost a second set tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6). In the third set Bettles rushed out to a 3-0 advantage before Fresno State’s Remi Boutillier rallied to win the set 6-4 and hand the Bulldogs a berth into tomorrow’s WAC Championship match against New Mexico State University.

Tomorrow’s WAC Championship between No. 2 seed New Mexico State and No. 1 seed Fresno State will take place at 12 p.m. (Mountain) at the Appleton Tennis Center at Boise State.

Boise State will now play the waiting game to see if they get an at-large bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

Match Summary

2011 Western Athletic Conference Semifinal
Boise State vs Fresno State (Apr 30, 2011)
Fresno State 4, Boise State 3
Apr 30, 2011 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Damian Hume (BSU) def. Rikus de Villiers (FS) 6-2, 6-3
2. Remi Boutillier (FS) def. Andrew Bettles (BSU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
3. Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
4. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Francis Alcantara (FS) 6-3, 6-3
5. Nick Papac (FS) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. David Ayoun (FS) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Rikus de Villiers/Remi Boutillier (FS) def. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-3
2. Francis Alcantara/Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) 8-5
3. Andrew Bettles/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. David Ayoun/Siddharth Alapati (FS) 8-1

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,4,3,6,5,2)

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